\ ˈdō How to pronounce doe (audio) \
plural does or doe

Definition of doe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the adult female of various mammals (such as a deer, rabbit, or kangaroo) of which the male is called buck

Definition of DOE (Entry 2 of 2)

1 Department of Energy
2 depends on experience

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The deer often took this tack in negotiations, especially Vigilancia, a pale old doe who’d picked up some Greek at school and fancied herself a classical scholar. Anne Carson, Harper's magazine, "From a manuscript in progress. Carson’s collection of performance pieces," 10 June 2019 The doe in question has visited Purcell's sloping yard near the intersection of Clipper Gap Road and Pear Valley Road many times in the past, Purcell said. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Doe in distress: Auburn deer can't eat because of peanut butter jar, resident says," 10 July 2018 After receiving a call that a doe and her newborn fawn had been struck by a car while attempting to cross a road late Saturday night, Walker rushed to the scene of the accident off State Highway 123. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Hero Oklahoma Game Warden Rushes to Save Unborn Fawn After Mother Was Hit by Car," 11 June 2018 Late last night in Osage Co., a doe had given birth to a fawn near the side of the road. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Oklahoma game warden saves unborn fawn by performing emergency C-section on dead doe," 10 June 2018 The agency says local deer hunters had formed a pact to leave the doe alone. Fox News, "Central Indiana man charged in killing of 3-legged deer," 11 May 2018 Starting at 3:30 am i was dispatched to a deceased doe that was just hit and still had moving fawn inside of it. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "N.J. cop delivers fawn in roadside C-section on deer killed by car," 21 May 2018 Fans can examine Selznick’s covers for such Potter talismans as Hermione’s time-turner; Harry’s owl, Hedwig; the white doe Patronus; and, Nagini, Voldemort’s snake. USA TODAY, "On the 20th U.S. anniversary of Harry Potter, 20 fun facts about the beloved boy wizard," 25 June 2018 Walker arrived and found that both the fawn and the doe had passed away. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Pregnant deer was killed by car — but warden rushed to save the baby with a C-section," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of doe


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doe


Middle English do, from Old English ; akin to German dialect doe

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English Language Learners Definition of doe

: a female animal (such as a deer, rabbit, or kangaroo)


\ ˈdō How to pronounce doe (audio) \

Kids Definition of doe

: the female of an animal (as a deer or kangaroo) the male of which is called buck

Medical Definition of DOE

dyspnea on exertion

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