American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several dogs, such as a deerhound, formerly used in hunting stags and other large game.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hunting-dog able to overtake and cope with a stag. The Scotch deerhound or wolf-dog, of great speed, strength, and courage, standing 28 inches or more, with a shaggy or wiry coat, usually some shade of gray. They hunt chiefly by sight, and are used in stalking the red deer, for running down the game.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A large and powerful hound formerly used in hunting the stag, the wolf, and other large animals. The breed is nearly extinct.
- n. a large heavy hound formerly used in hunting stags and other large game; similar to but larger than a foxhound
- From stag + hound. (Wiktionary)
“She dressed in haste, called her staghound, and set out the nearest way, that is by the town gate, for the harbour.”
“Two red-haired, tartan-clad little boys stared solemnly out of the frame, seated with an enormous staghound.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Here is another, by Jim Bones, of Betsy with me and Riley the staghound sorry for quality-- it is from a 1985 newspaper article:”
“When my eyes met his, he looked down at the staghound that sat between his knees.”
“Moreau, with his grey staghound, then Montgomery, and two others.”
“He was holding the leaping staghound back, and close behind him came Montgomery revolver in hand.”
“Then suddenly I heard a staghound bay, and at that realised a new danger.”
“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.”
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