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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Definitions for cervine

  1. resembling or characteristic of deer; deerlike.
  2. of deer or the deer family.
  3. of a deep tawny color.

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Citations for cervine
At that moment, the taxidermist appeared to be working on a deer head mount. ... It looked grotesquely unnatural, a cervine version of Frankenstein. Yann Martel, Beatrice and Virgil, 2010
To which she replied sweetly, shaking that fine cervine head ... Lawrence Durrell, Livia; or, Buried Alive, 1978
Origin of cervine
1825-1835
The English adjective cervine comes directly from Latin cervτnus “pertaining to a deer” (cervus). Latin cervus means “stag, deer” and derives from a complicated Proto-Indo-European root ker- (with many variants) “uppermost part (of the body), head, horn.” The same root yields Latin cornū “horn” (as in unicorn and in corn in the sense “thickening and hardening of the skin on a toe”), cervτx “neck,” and cornea (horny coating or tissue). In Germanic the root appears as her-, source of English horn, hart (the animal), and hornet. Cervine entered English in the 19th century.