- of or like a dog; relating to or characteristic of dogs: canine loyalty.
- Anatomy, Zoology. of or relating to the four pointed teeth, especially prominent in dogs, situated one on each side of each jaw, next to the incisors.
- a canid, or member of the dog family Canidae.
- a dog.
- a canine tooth; cuspid.
- of or resembling a dog; doglike
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Canidae, a family of mammals, including dogs, jackals, wolves, and foxes, typically having a bushy tail, erect ears, and a long muzzle: order Carnivora (carnivores)
- of or relating to any of the four teeth, two in each jaw, situated between the incisors and the premolars
noun also: canid (ˈkænɪd)
- any animal of the family Canidae
- a canine tooth
c.1600, of teeth, from canine (n.) or Latin caninus. Meaning “pertaining to a dog or dogs” is from 1620s.
“pointed tooth,” late 14c., from Latin caninus “of the dog,” genitive of canis “dog” (source of Italian cane, French chien), from PIE root *kwon- “dog” (cf. Greek kyon, Old English hund, Old High German hunt, Old Irish cu, Welsh ci, Sanskrit svan-, Avestan spa, Russian sobaka (apparently from an Iranian source, e.g. Median spaka), Armenian shun, Lithuanian šuo). The noun meaning “dog” is first recorded 1869.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of members of the family Canidae.
- Of, relating to, or being one of the pointed conical teeth located between the incisors and the first bicuspids.
- An animal of the family Canidae, especially a dog.
- A canine tooth.
- Characteristic of or resembling dogs, wolves, or related animals.
- Relating to any of the four pointed teeth located behind the incisors in most mammals. In carnivores, the canine teeth are adapted for cutting and tearing meat.
- A canine tooth.