Hound of Crete. A blood-hound.
“Coupe le gorge, that's the word. I thee defy again, O hound of Crete.”
Shakespeare: Henry V., ii. 1.
There lay stretched The infamy of Crete, detested brood Of the feigned heifer.
Dante: Hell, xii. (Cary's translation).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894