canis, n. [L., a dog.].
∥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.
A genus of carnivorous mammals, of the family Canidæ, including the dogs and wolves. [1913 Webster]