Bovoidea

plural noun
Bo·​voi·​dea | \ bōˈvȯidēə \

Definition of Bovoidea

: 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

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History and Etymology for Bovoidea

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

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“Bovoidea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bovoidea. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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