of or like a dog; pertaining to or characteristic of dogs: canine loyalty.
Anatomy, Zoology. of or pertaining to the four pointed teeth, especially prominent in dogs, situated one on each side of each jaw, next to the incisors.
a canid.
a dog.
a canine tooth; cuspid.

1350–1400; Middle English canine canine tooth (< Middle French) < Latin canīnus, equivalent to can(is) dog + -īnus -ine1

caninity [key-nin-i-tee] , noun
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canine (ˈkeɪnaɪn, ˈkæn-)
1.  of or resembling a dog; doglike
2.  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)
3.  of or relating to any of the four teeth, two in each jaw, situated between the incisors and the premolars
4.  any animal of the family Canidae
5.  a canine tooth
[C17: from Latin canīnus, from canis dog]

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Word Origin & History

"pointed tooth," late 14c., from L. caninus "of the dog," gen. of canis "dog," from PIE base *kwon- "dog" (cf. Gk. kyon, O.E. hund, O.H.G. hunt, O.Ir. cu, Welsh ci, Skt. svan-, Avestan spa, Rus. sobaka (apparently from an Iranian source), Armenian shun, Lith. suo). The adjective is attested from c.1600.
The noun meaning "dog" is first recorded 1869.
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canine ca·nine (kā'nīn)

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of members of the family Canidae.

  2. Of, relating to, or being one of the pointed conical teeth located between the incisors and the first bicuspids.

  1. An animal of the family Canidae, especially a dog.

  2. A canine tooth.

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canine   (kā'nīn)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Characteristic of or resembling dogs, wolves, or related animals.

  2. 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.

Noun   A canine tooth.
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Example sentences
Unlike people, they do it with a blissful canine ignorance.
Scientists have completed a rough sketch of the canine genome.
The panel discussion concluded with a dog show-a mini-parade of canine
Their canine teeth are much more prominent than ours.
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