bo·​vid | \ ˈbō-vəd How to pronounce bovid (audio) \

Definition of bovid

: any of a family (Bovidae) of ruminants that have hollow unbranched permanently attached horns present in usually both sexes and that include antelopes, oxen, sheep, and goats

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Recent Examples on the Web The few other bones in the cave came from various bovid species, a fox, and even some baboons (which forage in the high grasslands of the Ethiopian plateau and sleep on cliffside ledges). Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The first people to live at high elevations snacked on giant mole rats," 9 Aug. 2019 Heller’s connections in Denmark gave the group access to a huge tissue collection, including from dozens of wild bovids, but Heller says some of them proved impossible to extract enough DNA to sequence. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes," 20 June 2019 Wildebeests on the Serengeti do not have the luxury of hiding their young like forest-dwelling deer—out in the sunshine and short grass, the big bovids and their offspring are constantly exposed. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cycle," 11 July 2018 At European sites in Italy, Belgium, France, and central Europe, notched marks like these have been found on antlers, tusks and teeth, ribs, limbs, and other bones from reindeer, red deer, mammoth, and several bovid species. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Early Middle-Eastern culture had a thing for gazelle scapula," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of bovid

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bovid

New Latin Bovidae, from Bov-, Bos, type genus, from Latin bov-, bos

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The first known use of bovid was circa 1889

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“Bovid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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