HOUND, a dog, now used, except in poetry, only of dogs of the chase, and particularly of the breed used in hunting the fox, the " hound " par excellence. Other breeds have a defining word prefixed, e.g. boar-hound, stag-hound, etc. (see DOG). The O. Eng. hund is the common Teutonic name for the animal, cf. Du. hand, Ger. Hund, etc., and is cognate with Sansk. gian, Gr. Kviav, Lat. canis, Ir. and Gael. cu.
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