- of or like a dog; relating to or characteristic of dogs: canine loyalty.
- Anatomy, Zoology. of or relating to the four pointed teeth, especially prominent in dogs, situated one on each side of each jaw, next to the incisors.
- a canid, or member of the dog family Canidae.
- a dog.
- a canine tooth; cuspid.
Origin of canine
Examples from the Web for canine
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Professional shows weren't his thing, but this canine will wear just about anything and pose for the camera.Meet Butters, the Christmas Dog Model
December 25, 2013
Right after all the parades for record-setting grain harvests and successful launches of canine cosmonauts.The Abysmal, Pathetic Obamacare Rollout
October 17, 2013
The arresting officer follows a hunch and calls in a canine search unit that happens to be in the area.The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico
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The canine party he meets in Battle Row misonderstands a sityooation.'Faro Nell and Her Friends
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While I did so, Neche mouched about among them with canine inquisitiveness.The Hound From The North
No other degree of canine consanguinity is considered so degrading.An Old Sailor's Yarns
Fortunately he awoke in time to save its becoming the prey of its canine visitor.Paul Prescott's Charge
The truth is that man was necessary to the establishment of canine society.
- of or resembling a dog; doglike
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Canidae, a family of mammals, including dogs, jackals, wolves, and foxes, typically having a bushy tail, erect ears, and a long muzzle: order Carnivora (carnivores)
- of or relating to any of the four teeth, two in each jaw, situated between the incisors and the premolars
- any animal of the family Canidae
- a canine tooth
Word Origin and History for canine
"pointed tooth," late 14c., from Latin caninus "of the dog," genitive of canis "dog" (source of Italian cane, French chien), from PIE root *kwon- "dog" (cf. Greek kyon, Old English hund, Old High German hunt, Old Irish cu, Welsh ci, Sanskrit svan-, Avestan spa, Russian sobaka (apparently from an Iranian source, e.g. Median spaka), Armenian shun, Lithuanian šuo). The noun meaning "dog" is first recorded 1869.
c.1600, of teeth, from canine (n.) or Latin caninus. Meaning "pertaining to a dog or dogs" is from 1620s.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of members of the family Canidae.
- Of, relating to, or being one of the pointed conical teeth located between the incisors and the first bicuspids.
- An animal of the family Canidae, especially a dog.
- A canine tooth.
- Characteristic of or resembling dogs, wolves, or related animals.
- Relating to any of the four pointed teeth located behind the incisors in most mammals. In carnivores, the canine teeth are adapted for cutting and tearing meat.
- A canine tooth.