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  1. of or relating to the Bovidae, comprising the hollow-horned ruminants, as oxen, antelopes, sheep, and goats.
  1. any bovid animal.

Origin of bovid

< New Latin Bovidae, equivalent to Bov-, stem of Bos a genus, including domestic cattle (Latin bōs ox, bull, akin to cow1) + -idae -id2
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Examples from the Web for bovid

Historical Examples

  • In all of the Bovid the horns are simple, hollow, and permanent, each enclosing a bony core.

    Elementary Zoology, Second Edition

    Vernon L. Kellogg

  • Sir Victor Brooke divides the family of the Bovid into thirteen sub-families.

British Dictionary definitions for bovid


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Bovidae, a family of ruminant artiodactyl hollow-horned mammals including sheep, goats, cattle, antelopes, and buffalo
  1. any bovid animal

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Bovidae, from Latin bōs ox
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bovid in Science


  1. Any of various hoofed, horned ruminant mammals of the family Bovidae, which includes cattle, sheep, goats, buffaloes, bisons, antelopes, and yaks.
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