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(məˈlɒsɪən) ,

Molossian dog


Molossian hound

(Breeds) a breed of dog native to Epirus in NW Greece, used in classical antiquity as a hunting dog and guard dog
[from Molossia, a district of Epirus]
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Conversely Olympias was a Molossian, where redheads were reputedly common," Chugg said.
Nor was he satisfied with that, but he slaughtered A hostage, Molossian, slitting his throat with his sword ...
like a Molossian or tawny Spartan hound, the steadfast friend of shepherds, I shall drive off and pursue any wild animal through the deep snow with raised ears ...
He is reported to have treated the city of Ilium kindly for the sake of Homer and of Andromache, who had belonged to the Molossian dynasty of his mother Olympias.
It has a navy (an inflatable raft), a national observatory (a telescope), and a currency; the latter, called the Valora, is "pegged to the value of Pillsbury Cookie Dough." With a total population of four, it's unable to field its own baseball team, so instead it focuses on broomball, a local sport that "can appear very similar to field hockey." The republic also has its own time zone: according to the country's official website, Molossian Standard Time "is 39 minutes ahead of Pacific Standard Time, or if you prefer, 21 minutes behind Mountain Standard Time."
When therefore they had exposed the object which they thought they had thrown their missiles at, they found that he had disappeared and instead of him there was a hound who resembled in form and look a Molossian dog, but was in size the equal of the largest lion; there he lay before their eyes, pounded to a pulp by their stones and vomiting foam as mad dogs do.
Whereas Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, is famous as an enemy of Rome (282-72 B.C.), few remember that Alexander the Molossian, king of Epirus, was overcome by the Lucanians and Samnites.(58) The event is even more minor than the victory of Marcellus over the Insubres.
The procession also consisted of numerous animals: there were 2,400 dogs including Indian, Hyrcanian, and Molossian dogs, sheep from Ethiopia, Arabia, and Euboea, cows from India and Ethiopia.
Thus in the sixth century, of which Hecataeus was writing, the Orestae living between the Lyncestae and the Elimiotae had been affiliated to the Molossian group of tribes.