Definition of equine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈekwīn/


1Relating to or affecting horses or other members of the horse family: equine infectious anemia
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  • Racing officials in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, which has not been affected by the equine flu, are taking strident steps to ensure that the virus is not spread to their region.
  • Something of a rarity, Michael hails from London's East End and was born into a family with no previous equine knowledge.
  • The world champion, who ends his two-week show jumping tour of the Gulf tomorrow, will travel to Saudi capital Riyadh early next month to assess the royal family's equine facilities.
1.1Resembling a horse: her somewhat equine features
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  • Your equine features make you truly, a face for radio!
  • He could ensure that her renderings of Chopin études were perfectly in tune whilst remaining ignorant of her equine features.
  • In fact, I'd spent the afternoon being moaned at by a fat man in epaulettes because my portrait of his wife was far too realistic as regarded her unfortunately equine features.


A horse or other member of the horse family.
Example sentences
  • Of all the wild equines in the world today, only the plains zebras of Africa are present in large numbers.
  • They call someone who can communicate with equines a horse whisperer.
  • Both humans and equines looked uneasy, and some of the soldiers looked practically outraged.


Late 18th century: from Latin equinus, from equus 'horse'.

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