\ ˈdō \
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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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 Some quick thinking on the part of Oklahoma Game Warden Ryan Walker helped turn a tragic tale of a mama doe around over the weekend. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Hero Oklahoma Game Warden Rushes to Save Unborn Fawn After Mother Was Hit by Car," 11 June 2018 Even if does do produce fawns, those fawns’ chances of survival are significantly lessened if range conditions are poor. Shannon Tompkins Staff Writer, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas summer key factor in wildlife cycle," 17 May 2018 Cow Trap Lake Project a success on multiple levels Average year overall Even if does do produce fawns, those fawns’ chances of survival are significantly lessened if range conditions are poor. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Texas summer a key factor in wildlife cycle," 17 May 2018 Yet, they were found groomed and in a natural position, suggesting that the doe tried to care for them after delivery. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Two-headed fawn found in Minnesota forest shows rare wildlife deformity," 13 May 2018 The multi-platinum pop star may have a doe-eyed innocent public persona, but her music tells another story. Rebecca Farley,, "This Is Ariana Grande's Love Language, Per Her Songs," 13 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)


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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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