from The Century Dictionary.

  • One of three divisions of the fissiped or terrestrial carnivorous mammals, consisting of the canine as distinguished from the feline and ursine members of the Feræ fissipedia, the other corresponding divisions being Æluroidea and Arctoidea. The Cynoidea agree most nearly with the Æluroidea, but have a well-developed carotid canal opening into the foramen lacerum posterius, a distinct condyloid foramen, an open glenoid foramen, undeveloped Cowper's glands, and a large os penis. There is but one family, the Canidæ, including the dogs, wolves, foxes, etc. See Canidæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) A division of Carnivora, including the dogs, wolves, and foxes.


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