Definition of Canis familiaris
1. Noun. A member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds. "The dog barked all night"
Generic synonyms: Domestic Animal, Domesticated Animal, Canid, Canine
Specialized synonyms: Puppy, Barker, Bow-wow, Doggie, Doggy, Pooch, Cur, Mongrel, Mutt, Lapdog, Toy, Toy Dog, Hunting Dog, Working Dog, Carriage Dog, Coach Dog, Dalmatian, Basenji, Pug, Pug-dog, Leonberg, Newfoundland, Newfoundland Dog, Great Pyrenees, Spitz, Belgian Griffon, Brussels Griffon, Griffon, Corgi, Welsh Corgi, Poodle, Poodle Dog, Mexican Hairless
Group relationships: Canis, Genus Canis, Pack
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Canis Familiaris
Literary usage of Canis familiaris
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Australia Twice Traversed: The Romance of Exploration, Being a Narrative by Ernest Giles (1889)
"... depot—Jimmy's escape—A " canis familiaris "—An innocent lamb—Sage-bush scrubs— Groves of oak-trees—Beautiful green flat—Crab-hole water —Bold and abrupt ..."
2. Elementary Textbook of Economic Zoology and Entomology by Vernon Lyman Kellogg, Rennie Wilbur Doane (1915)
"So that canis familiaris, the scientific ... There might be a Merula familiaris, or a Musca familiaris in the list, but not a second canis familiaris. ..."
3. Catalogue of the Hunterian Collection in the Museum of the Royal College of by Museum, Royal College of Surgeons in London (1831)
"canis familiaris Australasiae—Des: Fig.—White's Journal of a Voyage to New Holland. ... 300. Skeleton of a large Newfoundland Spaniel. canis familiaris ..."