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[sur-vahyn, -vin]
  1. resembling or characteristic of deer; deerlike.
  2. of deer or the deer family.
  3. of a deep tawny color.
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Origin of cervine

1825–35; < Latin cervīnus of, pertaining to a deer, equivalent to cerv(us) deer + -īnus -ine1
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Historical Examples of cervine

  • I never saw the like, except in animals of the cervine tribe.

    Catholic World, Vol. XI, April 1870-September 1870


  • The next stage from the rusine to the cervine or elaphine type is the rucervine.

British Dictionary definitions for cervine


  1. resembling or relating to a deer
  2. of a dark yellowish-brown colour
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Word Origin for cervine

C19: from Latin cervīnus, from cervus a deer
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