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Noun: Canis familiaris
  1. 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 Canis familiaris barked all night";
    - dog, domestic dog

Type of: canid, canine, domestic animal, domesticated animal

Part of: Canis, genus Canis, pack

Encyclopedia: Canis familiaris