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  • noun obsolete See alan.

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  • noun A type of extinct breed of domesticated dog, related to the modern bulldog and mastiff, or modern breeds created in imitation of it.


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From Old French alans, alanz, from the Alan tribe of medieval barbarians, who were associated with the breed.


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  • The Werewolf of Bamburg by Oliver Potzsch refers to Alaunts on roughly pp. 282 of the Kindle edition. He calls them "wardogs of an ancient tribe... The ancestors of most large hounds today."

    November 6, 2016