Definition of deer
1 archaic : animal; especially : a small mammal
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
deerlikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
Recent Examples of deer from the Web
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Over the years, the Bordens have cremated iguanas, kangaroos, alpacas, deer, parakeets, squirrels, dogs, cats, goldfish, miniature ponies and more.
Rosenstock once found deer bones arranged atop the memorial.
The deer eventually got out of the pool and the animal control officer guided her out of the yard, the story reported.
Even more intriguing, scientists found through scenes caught on camera that some animals—deer and bear among them—were teaching their young to use the crossings.
On that trip, one night a plate of fried bees, deer tendon, and goat fetus was delivered.
Elk are nothing if not majestic: the gigantic deer relatives are imposing, to say the least.
Numerous variations were made, and some were imported into the United States until 1994 as deer rifles.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of deer for English Language Learners
: a large wild animal that has four long thin legs, brown fur, and antlers if male
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Definition of deer for Students
: a mammal that has cloven hoofs and in the male antlers which are often branched
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