[ kan-id, key-nid ]
/ ˈkæn ɪd, ˈkeɪ nɪd /


any animal of the dog family Canidae, including the wolves, jackals, hyenas, coyotes, foxes, and domestic dogs.

Nearby words

  1. cangue,
  2. caniapiscau,
  3. canicola fever,
  4. canicula,
  5. canicular,
  6. canidae,
  7. canikin,
  8. canine,
  9. canine distemper,
  10. canine leptospirosis

Origin of canid

1885–90; < New Latin Canidae, equivalent to Can(is) a genus, including the dog and wolf (Latin: dog) + -idae -id2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for canid


[ kănĭd, kānĭd ]

Any of various carnivorous mammals of the family Canidae, which includes the dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, and jackals.
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