hound

\ \ [OE] Until superseded around the 16th century by dog, hound was the main English word for ‘dog’ (and indeed its relatives in the other Germanic languages remain so – German, Swedish, and Danish hund, for instance, and Dutch hond). It goes back ultimately to Indo- European *kuntos, a derivative of the base which also produced Greek kúōndog’ (source of English cynic and, according to some etymologists, quinsy), Latin canisdog’ (whence French chien and Italian cane, not to mention English canine, canary, chenille, and kennel), Welsh cidog’ (as in corgi [20], literally ‘dwarf dog’), and Russian sobakadog’. Since the 16th century, English hound has been used largely for ‘hunting dog’.
\ \ Cf.CANARY, CANINE, CHENILLE, CYNIC, KENNEL, QUINSY

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  • hound — hound1 [hound] n. [ME < OE hund, a dog (generic term), akin to Ger < IE base * kwon , dog > CYNIC, Gr kyōn, L canis: HOUND1 sense 1 shows specialization, accompanied by generalization of OE docga: see DOG] 1. any of several breeds of… …   English World dictionary

  • Hound — Hound, n. [OE. hound, hund, dog, AS. hund; akin to OS. & OFries. hund, D. hond, G. hund, OHG. hunt, Icel. hundr, Dan. & Sw. hund, Goth. hunds, and prob. to Lith. sz?, Ir. & Gael. cu, L. canis, Gr. ?, ?, Skr. [,c]van. [root]229. Cf. {Canine},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hound — Hound, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hounding}.] 1. To set on the chase; to incite to pursuit; as, to hounda dog at a hare; to hound on pursuers. Abp. Bramhall. [1913 Webster] 2. To hunt or chase with hounds, or as with hounds.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Hound — A hound is a type of dog that assists hunters by tracking or chasing the animal being hunted. It can be contrasted with the gun dog, which assists hunters by identifying the location of prey, and with the retriever, which recovers shot… …   Wikipedia

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