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

  • n. A dog of an old breed developed in Scotland, related to and resembling the greyhound but taller and larger and having a wiry coat. It was originally bred for hunting deer. Also called Scottish deerhound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a dog, rather like a large greyhound, originally bred in Scotland for hunting deer

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a large and fleet breed of hounds used in hunting deer; a staghound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hound for hunting deer; a stag-hound.

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

  • n. very large and tall rough-coated dog bred for hunting deer; known as the royal dog of Scotland


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  • In the shade of the house, by the porch, were two or three of the greyhounds, part of the pack that were used to hunt down jack-rabbits, and Godfrey, Harran's prize deerhound.

    - Frank Norris, The Octopus, ch. 1

    August 9, 2008