Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of Cervidæ, containing such large deer as the American elk or wapiti, E. (Cervus) canadensis. See cut under wapiti.

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  • adjective deer (attributive)

Etymologies

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Examples

  • He named many plants and animals for their telling physical traits (the enormous red deer Cervus elaphus), others after figures in mythology (the beautiful blue-green Papilio ulysses), and yet others for his mentors and foes (the scraggly weed Siegesbeckia orientalis immortalizes one of his critics).

    The Constant Gardener

  • The forests have numerous sable Martez zibellina and red deer Cervus elaphus sibiricus.

    Golden Mountains of Altai, Russian Federation

  • There are two non-native introductions or escapees, Rocky Mountain elk Cervus elaphus and Barbary sheep Ammotragus lervia.

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park, United States

  • He named many plants and animals for their telling physical traits (the enormous red deer Cervus elaphus), others after figures in mythology (the beautiful blue-green Papilio ulysses), and yet others for his mentors and foes (the scraggly weed Siegesbeckia orientalis immortalizes one of his critics).

    The Constant Gardener

  • Jackals Canis aureus, muskrats Ondatia zibethica, and racoon dogs Nyctereutes procyonoides have invaded the area, preying on the birds when they can, and wild boar Sus scrofa, roe deer Capreolus capreolus, red deer Cervus elaphus and hares Lepis sp. are still hunted nearby.

    Srebarna Nature Reserve, Bulgaria

  • There are large populations of red deer Cervus elaphus, roe deer Capreolus capreolus, and wild boar Sus scrofa, and about 300 elk Alces alces, introduced in 1864.

    Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, Belarus

  • Although arctic examples are rare, it can be a threat where two species lose their distinctive identities, as is happening with the introduction of Sika deer (Cervus nippon) into areas where red deer (C. elaphus) naturally occur.

    Effects of climate change on the biodiversity of the Arctic

  • Bison Bison bison and elk or wapiti Cervus elaphus were extirpated by the early 1800's.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, United States

  • There are seven species of ungulates native to the Park: elk Cervus elaphus, mule deer Odocoileus hemionus, bison Bison bison, moose Alces alces shirasi, bighorn sheep Ovis canadensis, pronghorn deer Antilocapra americana, a population recently halved in number 'and white-tailed deer Odocoileus virginianus.

    Yellowstone National Park, United States

  • The antlers of Cervus elaphus have long been sought by trophy hunters and for the creation of knife and dagger handles; Cervus elaphus is also valued for its venison.

    Elburz Range forest steppe

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