Definition of cervid in English:



  • A mammal of the deer family (Cervidae).

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The cervids include deer and their allies, including familiar moose, elk, and caribou.’
    • ‘Currently, species working groups have been established for beef and dairy cattle, bison, camelids, cervids, equine, goats, poultry, sheep and swine.’





Late 19th century from modern Latin Cervidae (plural), from Latin cervus ‘deer’.