genus Canis


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Related to genus Canis: Caninae
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Noun1.genus Canis - type genus of the Canidae: domestic and wild dogsgenus Canis - type genus of the Canidae: domestic and wild dogs; wolves; jackals
mammal genus - a genus of mammals
Canidae, family Canidae - dogs; wolves; jackals; foxes
Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog - 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"
wolf - any of various predatory carnivorous canine mammals of North America and Eurasia that usually hunt in packs
Canis aureus, jackal - Old World nocturnal canine mammal closely related to the dog; smaller than a wolf; sometimes hunts in a pack but usually singly or as a member of a pair
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It later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forebear of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.
The analysis was performed at the genus level; however, Canis adustus Sundevall 1847 was included separately from the genus Canis Linnaeus 1758.