\ 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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This treatment is typically reserved for patients who receive large does of chemotherapy to treat a variety of cancers, Carome said. Ron Hurtibise,, "Save our stem cells, patients ask judge in FDA case," 9 July 2019 Rusty deer: Made by a Wisconsin artist, this buck or doe has a lovable face and spindly legs and can relax in your garden all year long. Stands about 4 ½ feet tall and 3 feet long and is priced at $170.00. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful, whimsical or classic, yard art can enhance your garden’s overall appeal," 3 July 2019 Managing at the highest level does have its drawbacks, though, but only when you're tasked with narrowing down the cream of Conte's crop to an all-conquering starting XI., "Antonio Conte: The Fiery Italian's All-Time Best XI," 18 June 2019 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

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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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