bloodhound


noun

  1. one of a breed of medium- to large-sized dogs, usually having a black-and-tan coat, very long ears, loose skin, and an acute sense of smell: used chiefly for following human scents.
  2. a person who is a steadfast pursuer.

noun

  1. a large breed of hound having a smooth glossy coat of red, tan, or black and loose wrinkled skin on its head: formerly much used in tracking and police work
  2. informal a detective
n.

also blood-hound, type of large dog used in hunting, c.1300, from blood (n.) + hound (n.).

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