Ca"nis (?), n.; pl. Canes 3. [L., a dog.] Zool.
A genus of carnivorous mammals, of the family Canidae, including the dogs and wolves.
Canis major [L., larger dog], a constellation to the southeast of Orion, containing Sirius or the Dog Star. -- Canis minor [L., smaller dog], a constellation to the east of Orion, containing Procyon, a star of the first magnitude.
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