Bovidae

plural noun
Bo·​vi·​dae | \ ˈbōvəˌdē \

Definition of Bovidae

: a large family of ruminants containing the true antelopes, oxen, sheep, and goats, distinguished from the deer family by the polycotyledonary placenta, the hollow nondeciduous unbranched horns, and by the nearly universal presence of a gallbladder

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History and Etymology for Bovidae

New Latin, from Bov-, Bos, type genus + -idae

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“Bovidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bovidae. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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