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Canis Meaning and Origin

Canis is a boy’s name of Latin origin, meaning “the greater dog.” It is derived from the Proto-Indo-European root word “ḱwṓn,” which also gave rise to words like “hound” and “canine” in English. It is often used in scientific names of the species within the dog family, such as Canis lupus for the gray wolf and Canis familiaris for the domestic dog. Canis Major is a constellation that contains Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.

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