cer·​vid ˌˈsər-vəd How to pronounce cervid (audio)
plural cervids
: 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.

Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cervid was circa 1889

Dictionary Entries Near cervid

Cite this Entry

“Cervid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cervid. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?