Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several dogs, such as a deerhound, formerly used in hunting stags and other large game.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several large dogs once bred to hunt stags.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large and powerful hound formerly used in hunting the stag, the wolf, and other large animals. The breed is nearly extinct.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hunting-dog able to overtake and cope with a stag.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large heavy hound formerly used in hunting stags and other large game; similar to but larger than a foxhound

Etymologies

From stag +‎ hound. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She dressed in haste, called her staghound, and set out the nearest way, that is by the town gate, for the harbour.

    Malcolm

  • Two red-haired, tartan-clad little boys stared solemnly out of the frame, seated with an enormous staghound.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • At length, and upon a sudden, the gallant staghound bayed furiously, and seemed about to dash forward where the shadow lay the darkest, yet waited, as if in the slips, till he should know the pleasure of his master.

    The Talisman

  • In his right hand he held a short javelin, with a broad, bright steel head, of a span in length, and in his left he led by a leash of twisted silk and gold a large and noble staghound.

    The Talisman

  • Here is another, by Jim Bones, of Betsy with me and Riley the staghound sorry for quality-- it is from a 1985 newspaper article:

    Utter Coincidence

  • When my eyes met his, he looked down at the staghound that sat between his knees.

    The Island of Doctor Moreau

  • Moreau, with his grey staghound, then Montgomery, and two others.

    The Island of Doctor Moreau

  • He was holding the leaping staghound back, and close behind him came Montgomery revolver in hand.

    The Island of Doctor Moreau

  • Then suddenly I heard a staghound bay, and at that realised a new danger.

    The Island of Doctor Moreau

  • Then I followed and stood up, almost in the exact spot where I had been when I had heard Moreau and his staghound pursuing me.

    The Island of Doctor Moreau

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