One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A dog of a breed developed for hunting.
- ‘For example, the beagle is a hunting dog and was trained to bark when it spotted the prey.’
- ‘His article describes some of his investigations into the origins of the Saluki, a hunting dog related to the Afghan Hound.’
- ‘Apart from his family she added that he was passionate about his 15 Saluki hunting dogs, which he bred and are now being cared for by several friends.’
- ‘Rick's wanted to get a Rottweiler or some other hunting dog for a long time, but our landlord doesn't allow dogs.’
- ‘Some Dachshunds are still bred as hunting dogs and will bravely tackle opponents larger than themselves.’
2An African wild dog that has a dark coat with pale markings and a white-tipped tail, living and hunting in packs.
Lycaon pictus, family Canidae
- ‘The African wild dog's instinct to roam widely is bringing it into lethal contact with humans.’
- ‘The maligned African wild dog, which kills by disemboweling, has been driven close to extinction.’
- ‘Scientists in the Serengeti unwittingly contribute to the local extinction of African wild dogs.’
- ‘In African wild dogs, some individuals will chase the prey, and may even change leaders during the chase.’
- ‘They include African hunting dogs, jaguars, and clouded leopards.’
hunting dog/ˈhən(t)iNG ˈˌdäɡ/
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