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[key-nahyn] /ˈkeɪ naɪn/
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.
Origin of canine
1350-1400; Middle English canine canine tooth (< Middle French) < Latin canīnus, equivalent to can(is) dog + -īnus -ine1
Related forms
[key-nin-i-tee] /keɪˈnɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
supercanine, adjective, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for canines


/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 canines



"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.


c.1600, of teeth, from canine (n.) or Latin caninus. Meaning "pertaining to a dog or dogs" is from 1620s.

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canines in Medicine

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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canines in Science
  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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canines in Culture
canines [(kay-neyenz)]

The pointed teeth in the front of the mouth (two on the top and two on the bottom) next to the incisors. These teeth are also known as the eyeteeth.

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