cervid

noun
cer·​vid | \ ˌˈsər-vəd How to pronounce cervid (audio) \
plural cervids

Definition of cervid

: any of a family (Cervidae, the deer family) of ruminant artiodactyl mammals (such as the elk, moose, or white-tailed deer) that have solid deciduous antlers borne only by males except for the caribou in which both males and females bear antlers : deer sense 1 Antler growth in elk, as in all cervids, originates from a pedicel in the skull.— Mark Lapinski et al.

First Known Use of cervid

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cervid

from stem of New Latin Cervidae, family name, from Cervus, a genus of the family (going back to Latin cervus "stag, deer") + -idae -idae — more at cervine

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The first known use of cervid was circa 1889

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“Cervid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cervid. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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