Cervidae

plural noun

Cer·​vi·​dae
-vəˌdē
: a large family of ruminant mammals (order Artiodactyla) that are distinguished from the related Bovidae by possession of solid deciduous antlers and that include deer, elk, moose, and related forms compare antler
cervoid
-ˌvȯid
adjective or noun

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Cervus, type genus + -idae

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“Cervidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cervidae. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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