deer

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noun \ˈdir\

Definition of deer

plural

deer

also

deers

  1. 1 archaic :  animal; especially :  a small mammal

  2. 2 :  any of numerous slender-legged ruminant mammals (family Cervidae, the deer family) having usually brownish fur and antlers borne by the males of nearly all and by the females of a few forms

deerlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Did You Know?

The meaning of a word often develops from the general to the specific. For instance, deer is used in modern English to mean several related forms of an animal species, including white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, and moose. The Old English deor, however, could refer to any animal, tame or wild, or to wild animals in general. In time, deer came to be used only for wild animals that were hunted, and then for the red deer, once widely hunted in England. From that usage the term has spread to related animals, becoming somewhat more general again.

Origin and Etymology of deer

Middle English, deer, animal, from Old English dēor beast; akin to Old High German tior wild animal, Lithuanian dvasia breath, spirit


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms


DEER Defined for English Language Learners

deer

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noun \ˈdir\

Definition of deer for English Language Learners

  • : a large wild animal that has four long thin legs, brown fur, and antlers if male


DEER Defined for Kids

deer

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noun \ˈdir\

Definition of deer for Students

plural

deer

  1. :  a mammal that has cloven hoofs and in the male antlers which are often branched


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