red deer


: elk sense 1b
used for one of the Old World

Examples of red deer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many were carved from the antlers of red deer, and a few were made of bones from animals like whales, reports BBC News’ Katy Prickett. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024 Contemporaneous red deer bones have been found with signs that suggest the same cutting techniques that are used by butchers today were deployed. Olivia Potts, Longreads, 15 Feb. 2024 Many of the motifs depict animals: female red deer, wild horses and now-extinct oxen. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024 But according to a new University of Oxford study, aging wild red deer on the Isle of Rum in Scotland choose to live in isolated locations and become less sociable. Erin Berge, Discover Magazine, 21 July 2022 Large herbivores such as Cape buffalo and red deer make temporary pools by creating wallows, which also interrupt wildfires. Curtis Abraham, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2023 Scotland’s largest deer species, the red deer, usually live in open-hill habitats year-round in groups of up to 40 individuals, according to the Mammal Society. Erin Berge, Discover Magazine, 21 July 2022 This barrow also cuts across pits containing red deer antlers, which Neolithic groups used to make tools, combs, pins, weapons and ritual objects. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 June 2023 After observing these social behaviors among red deer, researchers agree that more research is needed to understand why this is happening. Erin Berge, Discover Magazine, 21 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Red deer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

red deer

: elk sense 2
used for one of Europe, Africa, and Asia

Geographical Definition

Red Deer

geographical name

river 385 miles (620 kilometers) long in southern Alberta, Canada, flowing east and southeast into the South Saskatchewan River
city in south central Alberta, Canada, on the Red Deer River south of Edmonton population 90,564

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