Definition of The Hound of the Baskervilles from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles

 
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a novel (1902) by Arthur Conan Doyle in which Sherlock Holmes investigates crimes involving the Baskerville family and the possible existence of a large, fierce, wild dog living on Dartmoor near their house. Holmes solves the mystery because he asks himself why it was that the guard dog did not bark. The story is the most famous of the Sherlock Holmes books and has been filmed many times.