Definitions for: Canis

[n] type genus of the Canidae: domestic and wild dogs; wolves; jackals

Webster (1913) Definition: Ca"nis (k[a^]"n[i^]s), n.; pl. Canes (-n[=e]z). [L., a
dog.] (Zo["o]l.)
A genus of carnivorous mammals, of the family Canid[ae],
including the dogs and wolves.

Canis major [L., larger dog], a constellation to the
southeast of Orion, containing Sirius or the Dog Star.

Canis minor [L., smaller dog], a constellation to the east
of Orion, containing Procyon, a star of the first

Synonyms: genus Canis

See Also: Canidae, Canis aureus, Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog, family Canidae, jackal, mammal genus, wolf

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