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Any of various hoofed mammals of the family Cervidae, which includes the deer, moose, and elk. Most male cervids grow antlers that are shed each year.

[New Latin Cervidae, family name, from Latin cervus, deer; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Animals) any ruminant mammal of the family Cervidae, including the deer, characterized by the presence of antlers
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Cervidae
[C19: from New Latin Cervidae, from Latin cervus deer]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cervid - distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlerscervid - distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
antler - deciduous horn of a member of the deer family
scut - a short erect tail
flag - a conspicuously marked or shaped tail
ruminant - any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments
Cervidae, family Cervidae - deer: reindeer; moose or elks; muntjacs; roe deer
pricket - male deer in his second year
fawn - a young deer
Cervus elaphus, red deer, wapiti, American elk, elk - common deer of temperate Europe and Asia
Cervus unicolor, sambar, sambur - a deer of southern Asia with antlers that have three tines
American elk, Cervus elaphus canadensis, wapiti, elk - large North American deer with large much-branched antlers in the male
Cervus nipon, Cervus sika, Japanese deer, sika - small deer of Japan with slightly forked antlers
Odocoileus Virginianus, Virginia deer, white tail, whitetail, whitetail deer, white-tailed deer - common North American deer; tail has a white underside
burro deer, mule deer, Odocoileus hemionus - long-eared deer of western North America with two-pronged antlers
Alces alces, elk, European elk, moose - large northern deer with enormous flattened antlers in the male; called `elk' in Europe and `moose' in North America
Dama dama, fallow deer - small Eurasian deer
Capreolus capreolus, roe deer - small graceful deer of Eurasian woodlands having small forked antlers
caribou, Greenland caribou, Rangifer tarandus, reindeer - Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called `reindeer' in Eurasia and `caribou' in North America
brocket - small South American deer with unbranched antlers
barking deer, muntjac - small Asian deer with small antlers and a cry like a bark
Moschus moschiferus, musk deer - small heavy-limbed upland deer of central Asia; male secretes valued musk
elaphure, Elaphurus davidianus, pere david's deer - large Chinese deer surviving only in domesticated herds
withers - the highest part of the back at the base of the neck of various animals especially draft animals
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We were not able to directly address competition, because of the broad scale of our data, and manipulation of population density for either cervid was not possible (sensu Stewart et al., 2006).
Anatomical comparisons to skeletons held by the New Jersey State Museum (NJSM), the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (ANSP), and the Yale Peabody Museum (YPM), suggest that the progenitor of the vertebra is most probably the extinct Ice Age cervid commonly known as the elkmoose or stagmoose.
The first report of the small red brocket deer Mazama bororo, one of the most recently documented cervid species, was identified after conducting a karyotypic characterization of Brazilian animals from the Mazama genus (Duarte, 1992).
1998), (2) disenados para el ciervo coli-blanco (Odocoileus), Cervid 1 y Cervid 3 (Dewoody el al.
are widespread oestrid flies whose larvae parasitize various cervid hosts, yet attempts to pathologize their significance as well as delineate their taxonomy, dispersal potential, and distribution remain ambiguous.
The fox [delta][sup.15]N value is 3.8 [per thousand] higher than the average of the three cervid (roe and red deer, and excluding the single possible reindeer) [delta][sup.15]N values of 4.8 [+ or -] 0.8 [per thousand].
Bears seldom prove as numerous as any type of cervid. Following the food is what bear-hunting success is all about.
The rule prohibiting Oregon elk ranchers from supplying this market was included in an overhaul of the state's cervid ranching rules.
(1999): "Intertaxonomic variability in patterns of bone density and the differential representation of bovid, cervid and equid elements in the archaeological record", American Antiquity, 64, pp.
In July 2004, DAM implemented the Captive Cervid Herd Health Program which set mandatory requirements for anyone wishing to import or possess captive deer or elk in New York.
Current test development effort in the TSE field has been focused mainly on designing screening tests for the aggregated prion proteins in bovine, ovine, and cervid brain tissue.