One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of the genus or subgenus Rucervus, which comprises three South and South-east Asian deer with antlers characterized by a long and simple brow tine.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Nicholson (1844–1899), biologist and geologist. From scientific Latin Rucervus, subgenus name + -ine, after cervine.
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