Definition of cervid in English:

cervid

noun

Zoology
  • A mammal of the deer family ("Cervidae")

    • ‘The cervids include deer and their allies, including familiar moose, elk, and caribou.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Currently, species working groups have been established for beef and dairy cattle, bison, camelids, cervids, equine, goats, poultry, sheep and swine.’
    • ‘Musk deer are similar to cervids in many respects and are often classified as a subfamily of the Cervidae.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

cervid

/ˈsərvəd/