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 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, "Swedish Nature Reserve Unveils New Glass-floor Villa With Prime Wildlife Views Below," 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, "Prehistoric Deer Bones May Offer the Earliest Evidence of Ancient Food Storage," 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, "How to Plan a Family Trip to Ireland," 12 July 2018 The elaborate petting zoo includes a herd of tame fallow deer along with a menagerie that includes reindeer, wallabies, marmosets, coatimundis, mini horses, pygmy goats and more. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018 The overall legislation that was amended relates to waste and water discharge permits for leaf composting and requires anyone who possesses, breeds or sells fallow deer to obtain a game breeder's license. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Advocates Urge Malloy To Veto Last-Minute Bow Hunting Bill," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of fallow deer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fallow deer was in the 15th century

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21 Sep 2020

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“Fallow deer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fallow%20deer. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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Kids Definition of fallow deer

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

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