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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various hoofed mammals of the family Cervidae, which includes the deer, moose, and elk. Most male cervids grow antlers that are shed each year.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A ruminant of the family Cervidæ, as a deer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun any member of the family Cervidae, a type of deer distinguished from the Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun zoology Any animal (such as the deer) of the family Cervidae.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Cervidae, family name, from Latin cervus, deer; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]

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