: of, relating to, or resembling a horse or the horse family
equine noun
equinely adverb

Examples of equine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The case had to deal with the allegation that the CHRB took the decision on Justify’s positive test away from the stewards, instead relying on the analysis of Dr. Rick Arthur, then the equine medical director of the CHRB, that the horse ingested the substance by accident. John Cherwa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Dec. 2023 The equine medical director of New York conducted an investigation into Saratoga, and early findings point to fatigue and inconsistency of the racing surface because of 11 inches of rain. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 An Anheuser-Busch spokesperson confirmed Thursday that the company discontinued the practice of equine tail docking earlier this year. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 21 Sep. 2023 Nationally, the amount of horse racing deaths is down precipitously from years past, but the public intolerance for equine fatalities far outpaces the reduction. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2023 The 3-year-old horse was evaluated at the track before being transported to an equine surgery specialty facility in Lexington. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2023 The race was seen as the equivalent of a glamorous boy versus girl duel and an equine sideshow to the women’s rights movement. Eduardo Medina, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2023 The latest crisis over the safety of horses started nine days before the Kentucky Derby when Wild on Ice, a Kentucky Derby entrant, broke down during training and was shipped to an equine hospital in Lexington where his injuries were deemed irreparable. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2023 The pause and the development of the plan for long-term health of the horses was driven by the input of a new herd manager, hired in August 2022, and the hiring of additional equine experts. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, 10 May 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin equinus, from equus horse; akin to Old English eoh horse, Greek hippos, Sanskrit aśva

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of equine was in 1776

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Cite this Entry

“Equine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equine. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: of, relating to, or resembling a horse or a closely related animal
equine noun

Medical Definition

: a member of the family Equidae
especially : horse
equine adjective

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