Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the canids.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being one of the pointed conical teeth located between the incisors and the first bicuspids.
  • n. An animal of the family Canidae, especially a dog.
  • n. One of the pointed, conical teeth located between the incisors and the first bicuspids. Also called cuspid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or pertaining to, a dog or dogs.
  • adj. Dog-like.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to mammalian teeth which are cuspids or fangs.
  • n. A dog or wolf, as distinct from a fox, which is a vulpine.
  • n. In heterodont mammals, the pointy tooth between the incisors and the premolars; a cuspid.
  • n. A king and a nine as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em due to phonetic similarity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the family Canidæ, or dogs and wolves; having the nature or qualities of a dog; like that or those of a dog.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the pointed tooth on each side the incisors.
  • n. A canine tooth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a dog; having the character or qualities of dogs; characteristic of dogs; like or likened to a dog.
  • Specifically, of or pertaining to the Canidæ.
  • Affecting or derived from dogs: as, canine rabies; canine virus.
  • Pertaining to a canine or dog-tooth.
  • The conical processes on the inside of the mandible of an insect, toward its apex.
  • n. A dog.
  • n. Technically, in zoology, one of the Canidæ or Canina; a dog, wolf, fox, fennec, or jackal; a cynoid, thoöid, or alopecoid.
  • n. One of the four sharp-pointed tearing-teeth of most mammals, situated one on each side of each jaw, opposite one another, between the incisors or cutting-teeth and the molars or grinders.
  • n. One of the sharp teeth which project beyond the others in the jaw of a fish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles
  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of members of the family Canidae
  • n. one of the four pointed conical teeth (two in each jaw) located between the incisors and the premolars
  • adj. of or relating to a pointed conical tooth

Etymologies

Latin canīnus, from canis, dog; see kwon- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin caninus ("of the dog, dog-like") (Wiktionary)

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  • My body was reacting to the sight of home. Happy sparks were shooting off inside me. It was a canine feeling, full of eager love, and dumb to tragedy.
    —Jeffrey Eugenides, 2002, Middlesex, p. 519

    August 17, 2008

  • Should it be ca-ate(eight)? canine seems much more appropriate for cats

    June 22, 2007