canid

noun
ca·​nid | \ ˈka-nəd How to pronounce canid (audio) , ˈkā- How to pronounce canid (audio) \

Definition of canid

: any of a family (Canidae) of carnivorous animals that includes the wolves, jackals, foxes, coyote, and the domestic dog

Examples of canid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cameras, which are operated as part of a collaboration between Defenders of Wildlife and Cascadia Wild, caught pictures of the adult canids, believed to be the breeding pair of the White River Pack. oregonlive, "Trail cameras capture new images of Oregon’s only wolves in northern Cascades," 20 Nov. 2019 Diet These canids are carnivores, and like to hunt and eat white-tailed deer, racoons, and small mammals like rabbits and mice. National Geographic, "Red wolves," 27 July 2019 Since 2015, Voyageurs biologists have identified more than 400 wolf-on-beaver ambush sites—spots where the canids bedded down along the foraging trails that beavers carve between pond and forest. Ben Goldfarb, National Geographic, "The secret lives of fish-eating, beaver-ambushing wolves of Minnesota," 21 June 2019 Bovids, equids and, in particular, canids, were put to work by H. sapiens; felids always took a slightly different view of the matter, but were indulged for their rodent-catching talents. The Economist, "Pets have gained the upper paw over their so-called owners," 22 June 2019 At the time, at least 21 of the canids were known to wander the state’s rural areas. oregonlive.com, "Oregon wildlife commissioners adopt hotly contested wolf management plan," 7 June 2019 But, like most things having to do with the predatory canids, even that number is disputed. Kale Williams, OregonLive.com, "As Oregon wolves rebound, tensions rise over livestock attacks," 10 June 2018 Lights and noisemakers, some of them activated by radio collars on wolves, can frighten off the canids. Kale Williams, OregonLive.com, "As Oregon wolves rebound, tensions rise over livestock attacks," 10 June 2018 The other wolflike canid, the researchers concluded, is the coyote. Ted Gregory, chicagotribune.com, "Could there be a wolf pack living in Illinois? Man’s trail camera footage prompts experts to conduct testing," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of canid

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canid

New Latin Canidae, from Canis, type genus, from Latin canis

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The first known use of canid was circa 1889

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26 Nov 2019

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“Canid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canid. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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