Definition of canis
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Orthography ID = 1002073
1.
LEM
canis, canis
2 CAV-
noun (c., 3rd declension)
  1. a dog
  2. [figuratively a term of reproach] dog
  3. [by metonymy the constellation] the Dog, Sirius, Procyon
  4. the worst throw of dice, dog-throw
Abbreviations
canis is, m and f 2 CAV-, a dog: ater alienus, T.: acer, H.: canes venatici: obscena, shameless, V.: Echidnea, i. e. Cerberus, O.: caeruleis canibus resonantia saxa, the barking mouths (of Scylla), V.: Infernae canes, the dogs of Hecate, H.

—Sing collect.: trudit multā cane Apros, a pack, H.

—Provv.: cane peius et angui vitare aliquid, H.: canis a corio numquam absterrebitur uncto, will never be frightened from the greasy hide, H.: canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet, his bark is worse than his bite, Cu.

—Fig., a term of reproach, dog, T.

— of a backbiter, H.

— of a miser, H.

— of parasites: multa canibus suis (opus esse).

—Meton., the constellation, the Dog (canis maior, or Sirius; and canis minor, or Procyon): adverso cedens Canis occidit astro, i. e. goes down backwards, V.

—In play, the worst throw (of dice), dog-throw (opp. Venus), O., Pr.
 
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