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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Enjoy friendly competition in a variety of categories–from livestock and agriculture contests to equine events to arm wrestling–not to mention the Great American Speedway Crazy Animal Races, where animals of different species race each other. Laura Drummond, Country Living, 23 Feb. 2023 The animal welfare assessments at all three Utah facilities found that not all animals were tested for equine infectious anemia (EIA) within a 30-day period, which the BLM mandates. Anastasia Hufham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Aug. 2022 Clemson: Three horses have tested positive for equine infectious anemia, a blood-borne, potentially deadly illness, the Clemson University Public Service and Agriculture unit reported Friday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2022 Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris also sing equine-centric tunes over lyrical montages. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 The assortment of art and antiques continues into the home’s adjacent stable, though the pieces here — including a photograph of 1953 Kentucky Derby winner Dark Star — are clearly equine themed. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 3 Sep. 2020 Sailing events are often held outside of land-locked host cities, and equestrian competitions were held in Stockholm in 1956 and Hong Kong in 2008 to avoid quarantine and other equine travel issues. Jon Herskovitz, Bloomberg.com, 29 Apr. 2020 That epidemic spread from the Middle East to parts of India and led to hundreds of thousands of equine deaths. Christa Lesté-lasserre, Science | AAAS, 16 Apr. 2020 Because Emergent’s technology involves additional steps than processing plasma from one person and infusing it into another, Saward says testing of the company’s human and equine plasma will take a few months. Alice Park, Time, 26 Mar. 2020 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 27 Mar. 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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