plural noun

: a superfamily or other division of horned ruminant mammals (order Artiodactyla) comprising the families Antilocapridae and Bovidae and distinguished by possession of hollow horns that are deciduous in the former family but permanent in the latter

Word History


New Latin, from Bov-, Bos genus of ruminant mammals including the wild and domestic cattle + -oidea

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“Bovoidea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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