Canine is how zoologists refer to all mammals with snouts and non-retractable claws. Sound familiar? That's right, Fido is a canine. (All dogs are.) Coyotes and wolves are canines, too.

The sharp pointy teeth in your mouth are also called canines. Like wolves, we use these sharp incisors to tear meat from the bone, though these days we tend to get some help in that department from knives and forks. Fun fact: The police call their drug-sniffing dogs the K-9 unit. Get it?

Primary Meanings of canine

any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles
of or relating to or characteristic of members of the family Canidae
one of the four pointed conical teeth (two in each jaw) located between the incisors and the premolars
of or relating to a pointed conical tooth
Full Definitions of canine

n any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles

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female of any member of the dog family
Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog
a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds
any of various predatory carnivorous canine mammals of North America and Eurasia that usually hunt in packs
Canis aureus, jackal
Old World nocturnal canine mammal closely related to the dog; smaller than a wolf; sometimes hunts in a pack but usually singly or as a member of a pair
wild dog
any of various undomesticated mammals of the family Canidae that are thought to resemble domestic dogs as distinguished from jackals or wolves
hyaena, hyena
doglike nocturnal mammal of Africa and southern Asia that feeds chiefly on carrion
alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail; most are predators that do not hunt in packs
wolf cub, wolf pup
a young wolf
a young dog
brood bitch
a bitch used for breeding
barker, bow-wow, doggie, doggy, pooch
informal terms for dogs
cur, mongrel, mutt
an inferior dog or one of mixed breed
a dog small and tame enough to be held in the lap
toy, toy dog
any of several breeds of very small dogs kept purely as pets
hunting dog
a dog used in hunting game
working dog
any of several breeds of usually large powerful dogs bred to work as draft animals and guard and guide dogs
carriage dog, coach dog, dalmatian
a large breed having a smooth white coat with black or brown spots; originated in Dalmatia
small smooth-haired breed of African origin having a tightly curled tail and the inability to bark
pug, pug-dog
small compact smooth-coated breed of Asiatic origin having a tightly curled tail and broad flat wrinkled muzzle
a large dog (usually with a golden coat) produced by crossing a St Bernard and a Newfoundland
Newfoundland, Newfoundland dog
a breed of very large heavy dogs with a thick coarse usually black coat; highly intelligent dogs and vigorous swimmers; developed in Newfoundland
Great Pyrenees
bred of large heavy-coated white dogs resembling the Newfoundland
any of various stocky heavy-coated breeds of dogs native to northern regions having pointed muzzles and erect ears with a curled furry tail
Belgian griffon, Brussels griffon, griffon
breed of various very small compact wiry-coated dogs of Belgian origin having a short bearded muzzle
Welsh corgi, corgi
either of two Welsh breeds of long-bodied short-legged dogs with erect ears and a fox-like head
poodle, poodle dog
an intelligent dog with a heavy curly solid-colored coat that is usually clipped; an old breed sometimes trained as sporting dogs or as performing dogs
Mexican hairless
any of an old breed of small nearly hairless dogs of Mexico
Canis lupus, gray wolf, grey wolf, timber wolf
a wolf with a brindled grey coat living in forested northern regions of North America
Arctic wolf, Canis lupus tundrarum, white wolf
wolf of Arctic North America having white fur and a black-tipped tail
Canis niger, Canis rufus, maned wolf, red wolf
reddish-grey wolf of southwestern North America
Canis latrans, brush wolf, coyote, prairie wolf
small wolf native to western North America
Canis dingo, dingo, warragal, warrigal
wolflike yellowish-brown wild dog of Australia
Cuon alpinus, dhole
fierce wild dog of the forests of central and southeast Asia that hunts in packs
Dusicyon cancrivorus, crab-eating dog, crab-eating fox
wild dog of northern South America
Nyctereutes procyonides, raccoon dog
small wild dog of eastern Asia having facial markings like those of a raccoon
African hunting dog, Cape hunting dog, Lycaon pictus, hyena dog
a powerful doglike mammal of southern and eastern Africa that hunts in large packs; now rare in settled area
Hyaena hyaena, striped hyena
of northern Africa and Arabia and India
Hyaena brunnea, brown hyena, strand wolf
of southern Africa
Crocuta crocuta, laughing hyena, spotted hyena
African hyena noted for its distinctive howl
Proteles cristata, aardwolf
striped hyena of southeast Africa that feeds chiefly on insects
a female fox
a conventional name for a fox used in tales following usage in the old epic `Reynard the Fox'
Vulpes vulpes, red fox
the common Old World fox; having reddish-brown fur; commonly considered a single circumpolar species
Vulpes fulva, red fox
New World fox; often considered the same species as the Old World fox
Vulpes velox, kit fox, prairie fox
small grey fox of the plains of western North America
Vulpes macrotis, kit fox
small grey fox of southwestern United States; may be a subspecies of Vulpes velox
Alopex lagopus, Arctic fox, white fox
thickly-furred fox of Arctic regions; brownish in summer and white in winter
Urocyon cinereoargenteus, gray fox, grey fox
dark grey American fox; from Central America through southern United States
Type of:
a terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal

adj of or relating to or characteristic of members of the family Canidae


n one of the four pointed conical teeth (two in each jaw) located between the incisors and the premolars

canine tooth, cuspid, dogtooth, eye tooth, eyetooth
canine tooth of a carnivorous animal; used to seize and tear its prey
Type of:
hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates; used for biting and chewing or for attack and defense

adj of or relating to a pointed conical tooth


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