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1. (Hunting) a hound such as a greyhound that hunts by sight rather than by scent
2. (Animals) another name for a Saluki
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a hound, as an Afghan hound or greyhound, that hunts by sight rather than by scent.
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Interestingly, in English, the accent is put on the other quality of these dogs, namely their ability to hunt by sight (sighthound or gazehound).
Her baffled dad asked around and, admittedly a tad desperately, I came up with the theory that greyhound was a corruption of gazehound.
Daily crowds of 75,000 were recorded, and winners were treated as national heroesThe popularity of hare-coursing waned after the introduction of modern greyhound track racing in 1926Nearly all the greyhounds running today on track and field can be traced directly to Waterloo Cup winners of the pastHare-coursing dates back to ancient Egypt and is believed to have been brought to England by the RomansWhippets, deerhounds, salukis, afghans and lurchers can course, but the most important breed is the greyhoundThe term greyhound is thought to be a derivative of 'gazehound', so-called because it hunts by sight alone