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[ee-kwahyn, ek-wahyn] /ˈi kwaɪn, ˈɛk waɪn/
of, relating to, or resembling a horse:
a bold, equine face.
a horse.
Origin of equine
1770-80; < Latin equīnus, equivalent to equ(us) horse + -īnus -ine1
Related forms
equinely, adverb
equinity, noun
unequine, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for equine
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  • “Your horse wants to go on,” she said, observing this equine by-play.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • He possessed six of these horses, each in its way a jewel in the equine crown.

  • He cared for his equine friends with all his might, and he drove them in a similar manner.

  • And poor Dandy, like an equine Tantalus, was robbed of the needed fluid.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
  • Perhaps his luck was calculated to stir only equine risibility.

    The Young Mountaineers Charles Egbert Craddock
British Dictionary definitions for equine


of, relating to, or resembling a horse
of, relating to, or belonging to the family Equidae, which comprises horses, zebras, and asses
Derived Forms
equinely, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin equīnus, from equus horse
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Word Origin and History for equine

1765, from Latin equinus, from equus "horse," from PIE root *ekwo- "horse" (cf. Greek hippos, Old Irish ech, Old English eoh, Gothic aihwa-, Sanskrit açva-, Avestan aspa-, Old Church Slavonic ehu-, all meaning "horse").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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equine in Medicine

equine e·quine (ē'kwīn', ěk'wīn')

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a horse.

  2. Of or belonging to the family Equidae, which includes the horses, asses, and zebras.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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equine in Science
  (ē'kwīn', ěk'wīn')   
Characteristic of or resembling horses or related animals, such as donkeys.
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