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Alans

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.”

Sir W. Scott: The Talisman, chap. vi.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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