- 1Relating to or resembling a dog or dogs: canine behavioural problemsMore example sentences
- At the nearby Scott Base, seals are infected with canine distemper, a virus passed to them by researchers' dogs.
- Vets are advising owners of unvaccinated puppies in particular to be on their guard for the parvo virus, or canine distemper, which can kill dogs in a matter of days.
- Though researchers are busy working on vaccines for plague and canine distemper, such tools are still a long way off.
- 1.1 Zoology Relating to animals of the dog family: related canine speciesMore example sentences
- Shawn went on to say that he always envied the animals of the canine family for having this ability.
- It will then be compared to small amounts of sequence from 10 to 20 other breeds, including the beagle, to study genetic variation within the canine species.
- The swift fox is a member of the canine family and can be distinguished from other foxes by its small size (the size of a house cat), the black spot on each side of its nose, and its tipped black tail.
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- 1A dog: the majority agreed with neutering stray caninesMore example sentences
- The chief has puffed eyes and dark under-eye circles, thanks to ceaseless barking by stray canines in the vicinity of the Thackeray residence.
- Unveiling plans to rid the city of stray canines, the Governor has urged city residents to eat more dog meat.
- If Scroffles the mangy mutt could turn into the beautiful Sam, then there really is hope for all the stray canines.
- 1.1 Zoology An animal of the dog family.More example sentences
- No, it was not a dog's head but probably of one of the wild canines; a wolf or perhaps a jackal.
- The owls were picked from the birds of prey, wolves from canines, dolphins from sea mammals.
- The rust-colored canine, closely related to the gray wolf, lives in small, social packs that meet three times a day and occupy territories that span just a few miles.
- 2 (also canine tooth) A pointed tooth between the incisors and premolars of a mammal, often greatly enlarged in carnivores: most primates use their canine teeth for fightingMore example sentences
- Each jaw has four incisors, two canines, and four molars.
- Our teeth include incisors and canines designed for tearing flesh.
- Behind the canines are the premolars, or bicuspids.
late Middle English (in sense 2 of the noun): from French, from Latin caninus, from canis 'dog'.