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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Canis \Ca"nis\ (k[a^]"n[i^]s), n.; pl. Canes (-n[=e]z). [L., a dog.] (Zool.) A genus of carnivorous mammals, of the family Canid[ae], including the dogs and wolves. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]