covert hound

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Etymology[edit]

From overt (brush, undergrowth)

Noun[edit]

covert hound (plural covert hounds)

  1. a staghound or buckhound, a dog for coursing deer, particularly the Welsh gellgi breed ancestral to the Welsh Sheepdog and Australian Shepherd
    In the Welsh laws of Howel Dda (who died 948), the King's buckhound or covert-hound is valued at a pound. — William Drury, British Dogs, Their Points, Selection, and Show Preparation (1903)