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canine

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noun ca·nine \ˈkā-ˌnīn, British also ˈka-\

Definition of canine

  1. 1 [Middle English, from Latin (dens) caninus canine tooth] :  a conical pointed tooth; especially :  one situated between the lateral incisor and the first premolar — see tooth illustration

  2. 2 :  dog 1a; broadly :  canid

Examples of canine in a Sentence

  1. in the minds of some, the winner of this prestigious dog show has a fair claim to the title of King of the Canines

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Did You Know?

Dogs are prized for their talents and intelligence but aren't always given credit for their independence. Instead, tales of canine devotion and attachment are legendary; the old Lassie and Rin-Tin-Tin television series featured at least one heroic act of devotion per show. So we often hear people described as having "doglike devotion" or "doglike loyalty". But canine itself, unlike doglike, usually refers to four-legged creatures. Canine is not only an adjective but also a noun. Dogs and their relatives in the Canidae family—the wolves, jackals, foxes, and coyotes—are often called canines. And so are those two slightly pointed teeth a bit to the right and left of your front teeth.

First Known Use of canine

15th century

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canine

adjective ca·nine

Definition of canine

  1. 1 :  of or resembling that of a dog canine loyalty

  2. 2 :  of or relating to dogs or to the family (Canidae) including the canids canine diseases

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Origin and Etymology of canine

Latin caninus, from canis dog — more at hound

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CANINE Defined for English Language Learners

canine

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noun

Definition of canine for English Language Learners

  • : a dog

  • : a pointed tooth

canine

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Definition of canine for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to dogs


CANINE Defined for Kids

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canine

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noun ca·nine \ˈkā-ˌnīn\

Definition of canine for Students

  1. 1 :  a pointed tooth next to the incisors

  2. 2 :  a domestic dog or a related animal (as a wolf or fox)


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adjective ca·nine

Definition of canine for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the domestic dog or a related animal canine behavior

  2. 2 :  like or typical of a dog canine loyalty


Medical Dictionary

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canine

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noun ca·nine \ˈkā-ˌnīn, British also ˈkan-ˌīn\

Medical Definition of canine

  1. 1:  a conical pointed tooth; especially :  one situated between the lateral incisor and the first premolar

  2. 2:  any member of the family Canidae :  dog

Illustration of canine


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canine

adjective ca·nine

Medical Definition of canine

  1. :  of or relating to dogs or to the family Canidae



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