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Canis \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 magnitude.


Canis is a genus of canids containing multiple extant species. Species of this genus are distinguished by their moderate to large size, their massive, well developed skulls and dentition, long legs, and comparatively short ears and tails.

Canis (disambiguation)

Canis is a genus including dogs, wolves and jackals

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Usage examples of "canis".

Earthquake Detection Telemetry system on Canis IV had exhausted its ability for action, except in an emergency and with human help.

Derrick tells anyone else-and Captain Henery and his crew in the orbiting ship: The whole human population of Canis IV-notified of Predicted Earthquake Number 0001.

Sid turned to the section of the Manual covering his duties as Safety Officer on Canis IV.

I am formally declaring Emergency Fleet Law on Canis IV and directing an Earthquake Evacuation .

And quiet: Canis IV had no birds, but it did have a large population of noisy insects and a chattering psuedo-squirrel-they were silent, not a chirrup or chatter.

Now, Canis IV was having its earthquake in solitary violence, watched only by the instruments in the bunker that were armored enough to survive.

The Earthquake Detection Telemetry system on Canis IV had exhausted its ability for action, except in an emergency and with human help.

Mela modeled but did not choose, and for Canis the dog and the seed of Thyme.

Cum fame canis avida in Tyrio littore projecta conchylia impressis mandibulis contudisset, illa naturaliter humorem sanguineum diffluentia ora ejus mirabili colore tinxerunt: et ut est mos hominibus occasiones repentinas ad artes ducere, talia exempla meditantes fecerunt principibus decus nobile.

Hilary across the room, pretending to be a character from the Canis galaxy, who supposedly had the ability of dogs to see the halo of emotional discharge around a human being.

When you see the Beta Canis Majoris on the left you blink on the giant Cepheid on an angle of thirty-five to the galactic ecliptic to Auriga and after that it's a matter of blinking by the seat of your pants.

Several dogs investigated the two Iryalans, and while they definitely seemed to be genus Canis rather than some canoid look-alike, they were neither hostile nor noisy.

Our ancestors apparently domesticated them, breeding out the fierceness, breeding in companionability, eventually turning the Ice Age Canis lupus pallipes into Canis familiaris, the modern pooch with its 300 sundry breeds.

On the other hand, an intelligence based on the psychome -- that is, one without a true psyche -- will rarely do so, with the exception of the long-domesticated Canis familiaris, the domestic dog.

Think of dogs, with all the different sizes and shapes and breeds they come in, and yet theyre all Canis familiaris, from a palmpup squeaker to a Nordanian riding hound.