AskDefine | Define Canis

Dictionary Definition

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

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canis, dog

Proper noun


Extensive Definition

Canis is a genus containing 7 to 10 extant species many extinct species, including wolves, coyotes, and jackals.

Wolves and dogs

Wolves and dogs are subspecies of Canis lupus. The American Grey Wolf (Canis lupus lupus) differs significantly in appearance from such wolves as C. l. pallipes, C. l. arabs, or C. l. chanco, that are probably more similar to the wolf that was the modern dog ancestor.


The name Canis is Latin for dog.


See also

Canis in Catalan: Canis
Canis in Czech: Canis
Canis in German: Canis
Canis in Estonian: Koer (perekond)
Canis in Spanish: Canis
Canis in Esperanto: Kaniso
Canis in French: Canis
Canis in Korean: 개속
Canis in Italian: Canis
Canis in Hebrew: כלב (סוג)
Canis in Latin: Canis (genus)
Canis in Luxembourgish: Canis
Canis in Ligurian: Canis
Canis in Lombard: Canis
Canis in Dutch: Canis
Canis in Japanese: イヌ属
Canis in Occitan (post 1500): Canis
Canis in Polish: Canis
Canis in Portuguese: Canis
Canis in Russian: Волки
Canis in Finnish: Canis
Canis in Swedish: Canis
Canis in Turkish: Canis
Canis in Chinese: 犬属
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