[ kav-i-kawrn ]
/ ˈkæv ɪˌkɔrn /
hollow-horned, as the ruminants with true horns, as distinguished from bony antlers.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of cavicorn
<New Latin cavicornis hollow-horned, equivalent to cavi- (combining form of Latin cavus hollow) + cornis (Latin corn(ū) horn + -is adj. suffix)
Words nearby cavicorn
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British Dictionary definitions for cavicorn
/ (ˈkævɪˌkɔːn) /
(of sheep, goats, etc) having hollow horns as distinct from the solid antlers of deer
Word Origin for cavicorn
C19: from Latin cavus hollow + cornū horn
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