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[kan-id, key-nid] /ˈkæn ɪd, ˈkeɪ nɪd/
any animal of the dog family Canidae, including the wolves, jackals, hyenas, coyotes, foxes, and domestic dogs.
Origin of canid
1885-90; < New Latin Canidae, equivalent to Can(is) a genus, including the dog and wolf (Latin: dog) + -idae -id2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for canid
  • Both canid species will respond to imitation calls from humans.
  • Perhaps cats' purring helps alleviate the dysplasia or osteoporotic conditions that are more common in their canid cousins.
  • Fatal canid diseases present a more immediate-and more addressable-threat to the wolves.
  • The silver fox, a fellow canid and close cousin of dogs that had never been domesticated, seemed the perfect choice.
  • We randomly selected study areas each year from the pool of candidate areas on the basis of canid occupancy.
  • The red wolf had current inoculations for rabies and other common canid diseases.
  • In fact, bush dogs may be polyestrous, a marked divergence from the canid norm.
British Dictionary definitions for canid


/ˈkeɪnaɪn; ˈkæn-/
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
any animal of the family Canidae
a canine tooth
Word Origin
C17: from Latin canīnus, from canis dog
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Word Origin and History for canid

member of the Canidae family (dogs, wolves, foxes, jackals), 1889, from Modern Latin Canidae, from Latin canis "dog" (see canine (n.)) + -idae.

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canid in Science
  (kān'ĭd, kā'nĭd)   
Any of various carnivorous mammals of the family Canidae, which includes the dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, and jackals.
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