Adjective "canine" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or resembling a dog or dogs.
  1. 'Initially the animals may appear healthy, but most die within days, he said, often from canine illnesses like parvo, distemper, and giardia.'
  2. 'Rhoda, a racing greyhound, contracted canine influenza in Florida in 2003.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'Llamas instinctively guard against canine attacks, possibly because their natural herd instincts have wired them to chase off predators.'
  5. 'To counter the image, advisors suggested he get a canine companion.'
  6. 'The main cause for the decline of foxes on Santa Catalina Island is the rapid spread of canine distemper, which is transmitted by dogs.'
  7. 'They include dog massage, canine anatomy, behavioural science and dog psychology.'
  8. 'Though researchers are busy working on vaccines for plague and canine distemper, such tools are still a long way off.'
  9. 'More than 100 canine teams are trained each year at the facility.'
  10. 'In science, the best one can do is observe the behavior of dogs in natural and controlled settings, and then, on that basis, make testable inferences about canine cognition.'
  11. 'related canine species'
  12. 'The bands mark several genes that were mapped in both the human and the canine species.'
  13. '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.'


A dog.
  1. 'This case illustrates that infection with C canimorsus may be seen after even casual exposure to a pet canine, with ominous results.'
  2. 'At Lackland, canines are also trained for drug detection.'
  3. 'As every dog-lover knows, canines can sense a meal a mile away.'
  4. 'The canines' handlers sit nearby to help facilitate the interaction.'
  5. 'As the name suggests, these canines hunt by sight rather than scent.'
  6. 'Pedigree or mongrel, the canines dislike it when their owners show affection for other dogs.'
  7. 'It's a mongrel canine bred to kill rats and to keep foxes trapped in their lairs until the hounds arrive for the kill.'
  8. 'They're search-and-rescue dogs - working canines from a wide mix of breeds.'
  9. 'Scientists have created eerie zombie dogs, reanimating the canines after several hours of clinical death in attempts to develop suspended animation for humans.'
  10. 'Generations of East Texans had hunted deer with dogs, depending on the howling canines to roust deer from the region's thickets.'
  11. 'Ulcers developed in rats and canines when 150 mm Hg pressure was applied for nine hours or 500 mm Hg pressure was applied for two hours.'
  12. 'No, it was not a dog's head but probably of one of the wild canines; a wolf or perhaps a jackal.'
  13. '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.'
A pointed tooth between the incisors and premolars of a mammal, often greatly enlarged in carnivores.
  1. 'On the left side, the sockets from the first and second incisors, the canine, and the two premolars are visible.'
  2. 'Perhaps the most interesting feature of the teeth is the marked wear on the lingual surfaces of the canines and incisors.'
  3. 'The labial area of incisors was calculated from these measures as an approximating rectangle, and the labial area of canines as an approximating right triangle.'
  4. 'Armadillos lack canines, and most have no incisors.'
  5. 'As in rodents, canines are absent and a large space separates the incisors and the first cheek tooth.'
  6. 'Peramelemorphs have well-developed canines, 3 upper and 3 lower premolars, and 4 upper and 4 lower molars.'
  7. 'Unlike the large cats that have two enlarged canines, marsupial lions had enlarged incisors that were used to stab prey.'
  8. 'In Haptodus the canines are not sharply set off from the other dentition.'
  9. 'Behind the canines are the premolars, or bicuspids.'
  10. 'The canines have a sharp bend and fit into a groove on an expanded process on the lower jaw: a feature seen in other sabertooths but not in Smilodon.'


1. of or like a dog; relating to or characteristic of dogs: canine loyalty.

2. Anatomy, Zoology. of or relating to the four pointed teeth, especially prominent in dogs, situated one on each side of each jaw, next to the incisors. noun

3. a canid, or member of the dog family Canidae.

4. a dog.

5. a canine tooth; cuspid.

More examples(as adjective)

"teeth can be canine."

"leagues can be canine."

"friends can be canine."

"companions can be canine."

"cacophonies can be canine."

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Late Middle English (in canine (sense 2 of the noun)): from French, from Latin caninus, from canis ‘dog’.