One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dog of an extinct light-coloured breed of hound with large ears and heavy jaws.
- ‘At some point the English Talbots were crossed with Greyhounds to give them an extra turn of speed.’
- ‘A Talbot hound was a snow-white hunting dog that was often used to deter highwaymen from attacking passing coaches.’
- ‘The Talbot was a predominantly white, slow, deep-throated, scent hound derived from the St Hubert Hound which had been developed in the 8th century.’
Late Middle English: probably from the family name Talbot; the term was also used to denote the representation of such a dog in the badge and supporters of the Talbot family, earls of Shrewsbury.
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