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 death of the canid comes just weeks after the state’s annual wolf report showed anemic growth in Oregon’s wolf population in 2021. oregonlive, 5 May 2022 But long before the canines arrived here, there were predatory doglike canid species who hunted the grasslands and forests of the Americas. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2022 The researchers then searched for the backwards variants of the IGF-1 gene across a staggering 1,431 canid genomes. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Jan. 2022 But some of the canid skulls do not look exactly like those of wolves. Virginia Morell, Scientific American, 1 July 2015 Take the canid remains unearthed between 1894 and 1930 at Pˇredmostí, a roughly 27,000-year-old settlement in the Beˇcva Valley in what is now the Czech Republic. Virginia Morell, Scientific American, 1 July 2015 The mutations originated in a canid ancestor that diverged from grey wolves about two million years ago, reports Vishwam Sankaran for the Independent. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Aug. 2021 But red wolves are the most endangered canid in the entire world. Arkansas Online, 2 July 2021 There’s also evidence that a coyote, or coyote-like canid, once existed in the east, but disappeared from the fossil record about 11,000 years ago—about the same time red wolves began to appear, and humans started to inhabit North America. Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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“Canid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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