One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to deer; deerlike.
- ‘When multiple premises are held under the control of one ownership, the inspection fee shall be based on the accumulated total of all domesticated cervine animals on all premises.’
- ‘So the slow-growing muscle has a chance to develop the subtle grains of fat - the ‘marbling’ so prized in the best beef - that most of its cervine relatives are lacking.’
- ‘Botanical humans are at war with a cervine insurgency that has greater defoliation power than a squadron-load of Agent Orange.’
- ‘These results are discussed in relation to the role of cervine mononuclear phagocytes in regulating and participating in inflammatory and immune processes relevant to bacterial challenge.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin cervinus, from cervus ‘deer’, + -ine.
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