Definition of canid
: any of a family (Canidae) of carnivorous animals that includes the wolves, jackals, foxes, coyote, and the domestic dog
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The M-44 device is triggered when a canid (i.e. coyote or wild dog) tugs on the baited capsule holder, releasing the plunger and ejecting sodium cyanide powder into the animal’s mouth.
The Keystone XL pipeline route would go through most of the remaining locations of the swift fox, a tiny canid about the size of a house cat.
Bounties were offered for the canids, and eventually their destruction became institutionalized by the U.S. Biological Survey (today called the Fish and Wildlife Service) and U.S. Park Service.
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Origin and Etymology of canid
New Latin Canidae, from Canis, type genus, from Latin canis
First Known Use: circa 1889See Words from the same year
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