American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of a breed of tall slender dog, having a smooth coat, a narrow head, and long legs and capable of running swiftly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tall, very slender, fleet dog, kept for the chase, remarkable for the symmetrical strength and beauty of its form, its keen sight, and its great fleetness. There are many subvarieties of the greyhound, from the Irish greyhound and Highland breed to the smooth-haired English breeds and the Italian greyhound. It is one of the oldest varieties of the dog known, being figured on Egyptian monuments. It is supposed to be the gazehound of old English writers.
- n. Figuratively, a fast-sailing ship, especially an ocean passenger-steamship.
- n. A lean breed of dog used in hunting and racing.
- n. A highball cocktail of vodka and grapefruit juice.
- v. of fish To leap rapidly across the surface of the water.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A slender, graceful breed of dogs, remarkable for keen sight and swiftness. It is one of the oldest varieties known, and is figured on the Egyptian monuments.
- n. A swift steamer, esp. an ocean steamer.
- n. a tall slender dog of an ancient breed noted for swiftness and keen sight; used as a racing dog
- Old English grīġhund, from an unclear first element (not related to grey) + hund ("hound"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English grehound, from Old English grīghund : grīg, gray + hund, hound; see hound. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Cylart was sometimes referred to as being a greyhound, but only because any large dog who was not too square or bulky was often called a greyhound at that time in much the same way that many people today refer to all breeds of northern dogs with bushy hair, a pointed face, pricked ears, and a plumed tail that is carried curved over its back as a “Husky”.”
“One oversized handler has a pencil-thin Italian greyhound at the end of a leash.”
“Weighing up to 80 tons and almost twice the length of a school bus, the massive fin whale -- known as the greyhound of the sea for its swimming speed -- was the victim of decades of commercial slaughter that killed the whales by the tens of thousands each year.”
“The tail of a greyhound is his rudder and his brake, and the sight is most laughable when a whole pack of them are trying to stop, each tail whirling around like a Dutch windmill.”
“The man and the greyhound are the same witless breed, the kind that achieve a result by their clean-limbed elegance alone.”
“Van Dyck has painted the two with what might be called a greyhound brush-stroke, a style of handling that is nothing but courtly convention and strut to the point of genius.”
“A greyhound is a fortunate object to see in your dream.”
“Part of an antelope was suspended against one of the main props of the hut, nor was it difficult to know how it had been procured; for a large stag greyhound, nobler in size and appearance than those even which guarded King Richard's sick-bed, lay eyeing the process of baking the cake.”
“The greyhound was the favourite dog of the Cunliffe family and Sir Foster had the four sculptures installed at the top.”
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