caninophile

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin caninus (dog) +‎ -phile.

Noun[edit]

caninophile (plural caninophiles)

  1. Someone who loves dogs.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 930:
      What was the name of her father, the old banker who made love to his dog and wintered in Portugal – a caninophile, gone in the tooth, gone in the wind?
    • 2005, Jeffrey Miller, Murder's Out of Tune, ECW Press:
      Of course Justice Mariner is something of a caninophile himself, never mind that Stong, his idiot golden retriever, is now in Penny Mariner's sole custody and I am actually the loyal companion animal [...].
    • 2010, Simon Winchester, ‘Speciality of the House’, A Moveable Feast, Lonely Planet 2010, p. 191:
      I am as much of a caninophile as the next Englishman. I had a beagle at the time, name of Biggles, and I adored him as if he were my own child, almost.