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cervid Syllabification: cer·vid
Pronunciation: /ˈsərvəd/

Definition of cervid in English:


A mammal of the deer family (Cervidae).
Example sentences
  • Although no reindeer have ever been affected by chronic wasting disease, many states have closed their borders to all members of the cervid family - including deer, elk, moose, and reindeer.
  • As mentioned above, the comparison of the hypsodonty values of cervids with those of modern deer suggests that the cervids were mixed feeders or browsers from closed habitats.
  • Musk deer are similar to cervids in many respects and are often classified as a subfamily of the Cervidae.


Late 19th century: from modern Latin Cervidae (plural), from Latin cervus 'deer'.

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