What does canine mean?

Definitions for canine
ˈkeɪ naɪnca·nine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. canine, canine tooth, eyetooth, eye tooth, dogtooth, cuspidnoun

    one of the four pointed conical teeth (two in each jaw) located between the incisors and the premolars

  2. canine, canidadjective

    any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles

  3. canine, laniaryadjective

    of or relating to a pointed conical tooth

  4. canineadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of members of the family Canidae


  1. caninenoun

    A dog or wolf, as distinct from a fox, which is a vulpine.

  2. caninenoun

    In heterodont mammals, the pointy tooth between the incisors and the premolars; a cuspid.

  3. caninenoun

    A king and a nine as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em due to phonetic similarity

  4. canineadjective

    Of, or pertaining to, a dog or dogs.

  5. canineadjective


  6. canineadjective

    Of or pertaining to mammalian teeth which are cuspids or fangs.

  7. Etymology: From caninus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Canineadjective

    Etymology: caninus, Lat.

    A third kind of women are made up of canine particles: these are scolds, who imitate the animals out of which they were taken, always busy and barking, and snarl at every one that comes in their way. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 209.

    It may occasion an exorbitant appetite of usual things, which they will take in such quantities, till they vomit them up like dogs, from whence it is called canine. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.


  1. canine

    A canine is a type of mammal belonging to the dog family, Canidae. This includes domestic dogs, wolves, foxes, and various forms of wild and semi-wild dogs. The term 'canine' can also refer specifically to a dog, or to the pointed teeth in the front of a dog's (or human's) mouth also known as canine teeth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Canineadjective

    of or pertaining to the family Canidae, or dogs and wolves; having the nature or qualities of a dog; like that or those of a dog

  2. Canineadjective

    of or pertaining to the pointed tooth on each side the incisors

  3. Caninenoun

    a canine tooth

  4. Etymology: [L. caninus, fr. canis dog: cf. F. canin. See Hound.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Canine

    ka-nīn′, adj. like or pertaining to the dog.—Canine appetite, an inordinate appetite; Canine letter = R; Canine teeth, the four sharp-pointed tearing teeth in most mammals, one on each side of the upper and lower jaw, between the incisors or cutting teeth and the molars or grinders. [L. caninus, canis, a dog.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Canine is ranked #85659 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Canine surname appeared 218 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Canine.

    93.1% or 203 total occurrences were White.
    2.2% or 5 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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Anagrams for canine »

  1. encina

  2. neanic

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of canine in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of canine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of canine in a Sentence

  1. Jennifer Williams:

    It was his selflessness that inspired me to raise a dog for Canine Companions, and that’s when I started raising Ollie.

  2. Ken Sieranski:

    It's important to have your dog evaluated by a veterinarian if they are exhibiting any symptoms, the very best way to protect your dog is with a canine influenza vaccine. Vaccination requires two injections given two to four weeks apart, followed by a yearly booster. If a vaccinated dog becomes infected, the vaccine can substantially reduce the severity of the viral infection.

  3. White Mountain Animal Hospital:

    While primarily found on the East Coast, the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) is emerging and making its way more west of the United States.

  4. Michel Toulet:

    I've heard it said that we are creating carnivores, i'm sorry ; we have canine teeth for eating meat. Man is an omnivore.

  5. Daniel Blake:

    To expand the brand this year, we needed a true expert in the space on our team, we’re excited to give one qualified canine a real, paying job and to tap into their insider knowledge of our target consumer to expand Busch Dog Brew in 2021!

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    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
    A frantic
    B nasty
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