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?

Definitions of canine
  1. noun
    any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles
    synonyms: canid
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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
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    a terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal
  2. adjective
    of or relating to or characteristic of members of the family Canidae
  3. noun
    one of the four pointed conical teeth (two in each jaw) located between the incisors and the premolars
    synonyms: canine tooth, cuspid, dogtooth, eye tooth, eyetooth
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    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
  4. adjective
    of or relating to a pointed conical tooth
    synonyms: laniary
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