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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).

Sleuth-hund, Sl(o)uth-hund, Sleuthound, n. Also: sleutht-, slewth-, sluthe-, slwth-, slooth-, sloith-, slough- and -hunde, -hwnd, -hound, sleuthunde, sl(e)wthound, sleughound, (schluth hownd). [North. e.m.E. sluthe hunde (Cath. Angl.), slugh-hound (1610); Sleuth n.2] A dog used for tracking by scent, a species of bloodhound, a hunting-dog. Also attrib. with dog.In 17th-18th c. Eng. chiefly in refs. to Sc. usage. 1617-21 K. Gesner Historiæ Animalium I App. 13.
[Canis Scoticus furum deprehensor, Scotis uocatus] ane Schluth hownd. [Germanice Schatthund uocari potest]
(a) 1375 Barb. vi 36.
Thai … slewth-hundis [C. sluth hwnd, H. slooth-hound] with thaim gan ta For thai thocht … To folow him with the hundis
a1500 Henr. Fab. 908.
The gay grewhound, the slewthound [Bass., Ch. sleuthound, H. slwthound] furth can slyde, With doggis all diuers and different
1531 Bell. Boece I xlii.
The thrid kind [sc. of dog] is na mair than ony rache; reid hewit or ellis blak with small spraingis of spottis; and ar callit be the peple sleuthoundis. Thir doggis hes sa mervellus wit that thay serche thevis … allanerlie be sent
1531 Bell. Boece I xlii.
He that denyis entres to the sleuthound … sal be haldin participant with the crime and thift committit
a1561 Norvell Meroure 6b.
That tyrane … As sleughound tryed their traces to and fro
a1570-86 Maitl. F. 194/28.
To find ws it may nocht be Thocht we war with ane sleuthhound socht
1580 Inverness Rec. I 282.
The said William haveand ane dog of the keynd of sleutht hwnd to await on his chalmer and clois for impediment making in the nycht to theiffis
1581 Treas. Acc. MS 76b.
Ane kow that wes chaist and slane be his maiesties sleuthhund
1597 Cal. Sc. P. XII 521.
The said keeper following the duty of his office calls for a sleuthhound and sets him to the [scent]
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. (Latin) ii 79b.
Canis qui fures persequitur (ane sleuth-hound)
1639 Sc. Ant. III 132.
A dog of marvelous natur called the sleuth-hund
(b) 14.. Acts I 108/2.
Thar sal nane lat a sluthe hund passand … to folow theyffis
1596 Dalr. I 7/20.
Throuch thir woddis … the nobilitie hes thair … recreatione in hunting with the sluthe-hundes
1596 Dalr. I 21/23.
Is ȝit another kynde of slwthhundes, laich of stature, bot braid of body
(c) 1375 Barb. vii 40.
The slouth-hund [C. sleuth-hund] … na certane gate couth ga
1375 Barb. vii 20 (see Sleuth n.2). 1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i 73.
Na man sould perturbe or stay ane sleuth-hound
1685 Lauder Observes 204.
Slough or blood hounds … smelled Monmouth out in a dry ditch
(d) c1475 Wall. v 135.
For thair sloith hund the graith gait till him ȝeid
attrib. 1537 Armstrong Hist. Liddesdale I liii.
Ane sleuth hund dog
1581–2 Reg. Privy C. III 441.
Quha … haveand a slewthound doig with thame, followit the saidis guidis … hett-red to the said Hobbe Ellottis hous

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