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Cavicornia

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Cavicornia kăv`ĭ*kôr"nĭ*ȧ (Zoöl) A group of ruminants whose horns are hollow, and planted on a bony process of the front, as the ox.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cavicornia The hollow-horned ruminants considered as a family or other zoölogical group of mammals, contrasting with the solid-horned ruminants, or deer, Cervidæ. The Cavicornia are the oxen, sheep, goats, and antelopes; and the group is exactly conterminous with Bovidæ in the now current extended sense of the latter term. The horns are permanent and two or four in number, appear in both sexes or in the male only, and consist of a sheath of horn upon a bony core formed by a process of the frontal bone. The pronghorn of North America, Antilocapra americana, is anomalous, having horns of this description and being thus truly cavicorn, yet shedding its horns annually like a deer.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

From this, which is alone sufficient for diagnostic purposes, the group is often called the Cavicornia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
They are included with the Sheep and Oxen in the family of the Cavicornia or 'Hollow-horned' Ruminants.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
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