mule deer


mule deer

noun

Definition of MULE DEER

:  a long-eared deer (Odocoileus hemionus) of western North America that is larger and more heavily built than the white-tailed deer

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First Known Use of MULE DEER

1805

mule deer

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Mule deer buck (Odocoileus hemionus).—Harry Engels—The National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers

Large-eared deer (Odocoileus hemionus) of western North America that lives alone or in small groups at high altitudes in summer and lower altitudes in winter. Mule deer stand 3–3.5 ft (90–105 cm) and are yellowish brown in summer, grayish brown in winter. The tail is white with a black tip, except on the black-tailed deer (O. h. columbianus), a Pacific Northwest subspecies. The male's antlers fork twice above a short tine near the base; a mature male normally has five tines on each antler. It is related to the white-tailed deer.

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