One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large Russian wolfhound of a breed with a narrow head and silky, typically white, coat.
- ‘Rapid phenotypic selection has resulted in canine breeds as diverse as the tall, refined borzoi and the short, stocky pug; no other species of animal displays the range of phenotypic diversity seen in purebred dogs.’
- ‘Russians used the term borzoi to refer to all greyhounds and sight hounds - dogs that catch sight of and then chase their prey, either dispatching it when they catch up to it or detaining it until the hunter or huntress arrives.’
- ‘There is also evidence of a borzoi cross entering the mix along the way, that evidence revealing itself in the convex profile of the bull terrier's head.’
- ‘Even today certain borzoi characteristics crop up in rough collie heads.’
- ‘In addition to salukis, eligible breeds are whippets, greyhounds, Afghan hounds, borzois, Ibizan hounds, pharaoh hounds, Irish wolfhounds, and Scottish deerhounds.’
Late 19th century: from Russian borzoĭ (adjective), borzaya (noun), from borzyĭ ‘swift’.
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