Large dogs, of various species, used for hunting deer.
“Skins of animals slain in the chase were stretched on the ground ...
and upon a heap of these lay 3 alans, as they were called,
i.e. wolf greyhounds of the largest size.”
The Talisman, chap. vi.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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