fallow deer


Definition of fallow deer

: a deer (Dama dama synonym Cervus dama) of variable color with palmate antlers in the male and typically a yellow-brown coat spotted with white in the summer that was originally of Mediterranean regions of Europe and Asia but has been introduced elsewhere

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Recent Examples on the Web Together with treated wastewater funneled into the lake, the inputs may have helped inundate lakebed that had dried out several years ago, maintaining the isolation of two islands that are home to the rare Persian fallow deer and Armenian sheep. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, 29 Apr. 2021 This Eurasian jackdaw on top of a fallow deer seem to be part of some childhood fairytale, with the bird whispering a secret to the deer. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 4 Apr. 2021 Red and fallow deer completed the Big Five––and their disturbances opened up opportunities for insects, fungi, lichens, wildflowers, small mammals, and birds. Isabella Tree, Vogue, 27 Oct. 2020 Those animals, Lonely Planet noted, include red and fallow deer, goats, miniature horses, llamas, alpacas, donkeys, and Kunekune pigs. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 19 Oct. 2020 Instead of wolves, Knepp introduced Tamworth pigs, Exmoor ponies, longhorn cattle and red, roe and fallow deer -- species which are similar to the large mammals that roamed Europe in prehistoric times. Hazel Pfeifer, CNN, 1 Oct. 2020 Animals that regularly wander around the 925 hectares of the nature reserve include red deer, fallow deer, European bison, wild boar, and mouflon. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 16 Sep. 2020 Most of the bones that the researchers studied came from fallow deer, and most of the strange cut marks were found on leg bones known as metapodials. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 11 Oct. 2019 On top of exploring the medieval tower-house of Ashtown Castle and the Dublin Zoo, catching sight of the resident fallow deer is the draw at this 1,700-acre walled park, a former royal hunting ground. Amy Tara Koch, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of fallow deer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Fallow deer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fallow%20deer. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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: a small European deer with broad antlers and a usually light brown coat spotted with white in summer

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