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Thousands of Oregonians crash into deer, elk or livestock each year on roads across the state.
Coyotes, wild pigs, deer, ground squirrels and red-tailed hawks are common on most visits.
Then there are the many animals, like deer, that do not hibernate and need lots of food to survive and keep warm.
Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological illness that affects whitetail deer, mule deer, elk and moose.
The community had rallied to find the deer, which had a plastic jug stuck on his head.
There are deer, boulders, sheer drops, tunnels, overhangs, and switchbacks (so many switchbacks).
Dogs, cats, deer, lizards and frogs were all fair game.
Every year, Portland gets playful and adds a red nose to the neon deer on the city’s sign.
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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
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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