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.(noun)
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Use "deerhound" in a sentence
"Third, Sir Walter Scott got it crack-on when he called the deerhound ‘the most perfect creature of heaven.’"
"The deerhound is a dog of marvellous swiftness, and, like an arrow from the bow, Fleetfoot shot across the open space and gained the wood."
"But supposing I had never met any specimen of the canine race but a King Charles spaniel, and on seeing a Scotch deerhound in the possession of a friend was told that the man had a 'dog:' I should be justified in doubting whether the deerhound was a dog at all in the sense in which the tiny spaniel -- the only dog I had ever seen -- represented the canine race in my mind and experience."