Feline is an adjective meaning "cat like". Then is there an adjective meaning "dog like"?

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    This is general reference
    – Thursagen
    Sep 2 '11 at 3:21

"Canine", or if you want to be infuriatingly erudite, you could use the noun "canid" in a metaphorical sense.

  • Sorry, you beat me, I didn't see your answer when I was posting mine.
    – Richard A
    Sep 2 '11 at 3:09
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    Forgive me for being pedantic, but canine is actually a subset of canid. Canines are dogs and wolves, canids include vulpines which are foxes. (From the fox avatar, you may understand why I like to make this distinction.)
    – Kit Z. Fox
    Sep 2 '11 at 3:14
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    LOL! Yes, that is probably true in scientific discourse, but i'm sure the word "canine" came before the zoological category "canine". Sep 2 '11 at 3:18
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    @KitΘδς ...and lupine would be wolf-like. It can be used in many of the same situations as "canine" and is a bit more commonly used this way, but implies a look that is a bit more serious or deadly.
    – T.E.D.
    Sep 2 '11 at 13:58
  • So if you have lupine for wolves and vulpine for foxes but both of these along with dogs are also canines then there isn't a word for dog-like?
    – mgb
    Sep 2 '11 at 15:55



canine adj 1: of or resembling that of a dog 2: of or relating to dogs or to the family (Canidae) including the canids

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