axis deer


: a deer (Axis axis) of India and surrounding areas having brownish hair with white spots

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Tens of thousands of invasive axis deer roam Maui. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2022 There are multiple native and exotic wildlife on the property that includes whitetail, fallow deer, axis deer, blackbuck antelope, Rio Grande turkey, and dove. Gabriel Romero, Chron, 24 Aug. 2022 Now, the ringtail sits alongside several other new additions: the Rock squirrel, fox squirrel, rat, raccoon, armadillo, bobcat, gray fox and axis deer. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Nov. 2021 Groves began checking out animals a few years ago, with the hope that a great blue heron or a tiny axis deer fawn would bring out something in her students that a bowl of fruit could not. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Jan. 2022 The park also includes frogs, fish, deer, axis deer, Hawaiian monk seals, bats, and other wild critters. Amanda Ogle, Travel + Leisure, 27 Dec. 2021 On Molokai, Hawaii’s fifth-largest island, residents are fretting about dry conditions after hundreds of axis deer were found dead of starvation last year. New York Times, 5 July 2021 This includes wild horses, whitetail and axis deer, blackbuck antelope, African oryx, armadillo roadrunners, and more. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2021 The axis deer certainly stands tall in both worlds. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin Axis, genus name, going back to Latin axis, "a wild quadruped of India," of obscure origin

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of axis deer was in 1817

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“Axis deer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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