[ key-nahyn ]
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  1. of or like a dog; relating to or characteristic of dogs: canine loyalty.

  2. 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.

  1. a canid, or member of the dog family Canidae.

  2. a dog.

  1. a canine tooth; cuspid.

Origin of canine

1350–1400; Middle English canine canine tooth (<Middle French ) <Latin canīnus, equivalent to can(is) dog + -īnus-ine1

Other words from canine

  • ca·nin·i·ty [key-nin-i-tee], /keɪˈnɪn ɪ ti/, noun
  • su·per·ca·nine, adjective, noun

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How to use canine in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for canine


/ (ˈkeɪnaɪn, ˈkæn-) /

  1. of or resembling a dog; doglike

  2. 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)

  1. of or relating to any of the four teeth, two in each jaw, situated between the incisors and the premolars

nounalso: canid (ˈkænɪd)
  1. any animal of the family Canidae

  2. a canine tooth

Origin of canine

C17: from Latin canīnus, from canis dog

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Scientific definitions for canine


[ nīn ]

  1. Characteristic of or resembling dogs, wolves, or related animals.

  2. 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.

  1. A canine tooth.

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