• WordNet 3.6
    • n Canidae dogs; wolves; jackals; foxes
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • canidae A family of digitigrade carnivorous mammals, of the order Feræ, suborder Fissipedia, and series Cynoidea; the dog tribe, Canina, or canine quadrupeds, such as dogs, wolves, and foxes. The paroccipital processes of the skull are closely applied to the auditory bulla; the mastoid process is small or obsolete; the external auditory meatus is short or imperfect; the carotid canal is well developed, opening into the posterior lacerate foramen; the condyloid and glenoid foramina are distinct; there is an intestinal cæcum; the prostate gland is salient and the penis-bone large; the teeth are typically 42 in number, but range from 38 to 46, according to the varying number of molars, the molars being ½ to ¾, the premolars , the canines , and the incisors ; the claws are non-retractile; the muzzle is produced; and the belly is usually pinched. The leading genera are Canis, Cyon, Lycaon, Icticyon, Lycalopex, Pseudalopex, Vulpes, Urocyon, and Nyctereutes, constituting the subfamily Caninæ, and Megalotis (or Otocyon), representing a subfamily Megalotinæ.
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In literature:

Amongst mammals, we see it strikingly displayed in Bats, and in a lesser degree in the Felidae and Canidae.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
Amongst mammals, we see it strikingly displayed in Bats, and in a lesser degree in the Felidae and Canidae.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
Social animals are the most easily subjugated by man, and several species of Canidae hunt in packs.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
The caecum, unlike that of the majority of Canidae, is only slightly curved.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
The wolves, foxes, and dogs belong to the family Canidae.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg

In news:

Canidae Supports Pink Ribbon Puppies.
Canidae Natural Pet Food Co. Of San Luis Obispo, Calif, is supporting a fundraising project to benefit breast cancer research.
The Canidae-All-Natural Pet Foods 2nd Annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals Presented by Lucas Oil Products will air this Saturday, September 22 at 2 pm on CBS (That's Channel 5 regular or 705 for HD on Charter).
Add Canidae, Wellpet, Natural Balance and Apex to the list of pet food manufacturers recalling dry pet food because of Salmonella contamination.