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Saturday, January 31, 2009

canine

\KEY-nahyn\ , adjective;
1.
of or like a dog or member of the dog family
noun:
1.
any animal belonging to a group of meat-eaters including dogs, foxes, and wolves
adjective:
1.
pertaining to a canine tooth
noun:
1.
one of the four teeth next to the incisors; cuspid
Quotes:
Several police departments with canine squads similar in size to the Prince George's unit reported few -- if any -- cases of dogs biting officers.
-- David S. Fallis and Craig Whitlock, The Washington Post, 2001-12-30
First came Netflix and Zipcar. Now comes a company that plans to rent dogs to Bostonians willing to pay steep fees for a canine friend without worry of commitment.
-- Sarah Schweitzer, Boston Globe, 2007-12-17
Origin:
by 1398 as "pointed teeth," from Latin caninus "of the dog," from canis "dog," from Proto Indo-European base *kwon- "dog." The adjective is attested from 1613 and the noun meaning "dog" is first recorded 1869.
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