[ee-kwahyn, ek-wahyn]


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 formse·quine·ly, adverbe·quin·i·ty, nounun·e·quine, adjective
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Related Words for equine

horse, roan

Examples from the Web for equine

Contemporary Examples of equine

Historical Examples of equine

  • “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 Formsequinely, adverb

Word Origin for equine

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").

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equine in Medicine


kwīn′, ĕkwīn′]


Of, relating to, or characteristic of a horse.
Of or belonging to the family Equidae, which includes the horses, asses, and zebras.
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equine in Science


kwīn′, ĕkwīn′]

Characteristic of or resembling horses or related animals, such as donkeys.
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