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[kan-id, key-nid]
  1. any animal of the dog family Canidae, including the wolves, jackals, hyenas, coyotes, foxes, and domestic dogs.
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Origin of canid

1885–90; < New Latin Canidae, equivalent to Can(is) a genus, including the dog and wolf (Latin: dog) + -idae -id2
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Historical Examples

  • Domestic dogs, again, have varied more in size and in form than the whole family of Canid in a state of Nature.

    The Philosophy of Natural Theology

    William Jackson

  • Indeed, no other canid that we know of has teeth so much adapted to a frugivorous diet as are those of C. fortidens.

  • The oldest and most central stock appears to be that of the dog family (Canid).

  • Amongst mammals, we see it strikingly displayed in Bats, and in a lesser degree in the Felid and Canid.

  • The parasites of the wolf, jackal, and fox family (Canid) have especial interest, as including those of the dog.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

Word Origin and History for canid


member of the Canidae family (dogs, wolves, foxes, jackals), 1889, from Modern Latin Canidae, from Latin canis "dog" (see canine (n.)) + -idae.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

canid in Science


[kănĭd, kānĭd]
  1. Any of various carnivorous mammals of the family Canidae, which includes the dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, and jackals.
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