Definition of Saluki in US English:


(also saluki)

nounPlural Salukis, Plural salukis

  • A tall, swift, slender dog of a silky-coated breed with large drooping ears and fringed feet.

    • ‘Nicky and Graham Hill, from Wiltshire, were accompanied by two of their salukis - sleek hunting animals bred in the Middle East for thousands of years.’
    • ‘Firuza Salukis are exceptional show and sporting hounds and wonderful companions.’
    • ‘For thousands of years nomadic tribes of the Middle East have bred a hunting hound called the saluki. The slender, silky coated canine is known for its hardiness, stamina, intelligence, and speed.’


Early 19th century: from Arabic salūqī.