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

Illustration of fallow deer

Illustration of fallow deer

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One of the fallow deer studied appeared to have been felled with a spear thrust to the neck, which perforated one of the animal's cervical vertebra. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 25 June 2018 There are multiple native and exotic wildlife on the property that includes whitetail, fallow deer, axis deer, blackbuck antelope, Rio Grande turkey, and dove. Gabriel Romero, Chron, 24 Aug. 2022 The bodies of five fallow deer were found without their horns on Texas 41. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Feb. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


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First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Fallow deer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fallow%20deer. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

fallow deer

: a small European deer with broad antlers and a pale yellow coat spotted white in the summer

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