red deer


Definition of red deer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Red Deer

geographical name

Definition of Red Deer (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of red deer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun About 85% of Siberian tigers' diet consists of wild boar, red deer and sika deer. Lauren Kent, CNN, "What is the real tiger king? Answer: The Siberian tiger, and its kingdom is under attack," 8 June 2020 Find the Emerald Isle’s endangered red deer and other rare species in Killarney National Park, which conserves more than 26,000 acres of natural wonder. Kelly Barrett, National Geographic, "10 acts of kindness by strangers around the world," 9 Dec. 2019 Researchers also discovered a number of other species in the CEZ during the summer, including brown hare, red deer, moose, wild boar, red fox and raccoon dogs. Fox News, "Chernobyl shocker as endangered wild horses take up residence in the Exclusion Zone," 30 Oct. 2019 During the summer months, researchers found brown hare, red deer, moose, wild boar, red fox, raccoon dogs, Eurasian lynx, and wolves alongside them, as well as a number of birds and bats. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Last Truly Wild Horses Are Alive and Well in Chernobyl," 17 Oct. 2019 The bones recovered from around the cave were later found to come from seven individual humans, though bones from red deer, badgers, cattle and horses were also mixed in. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Missing Box Contains Bones of Britain’s Early Inhabitants," 1 Oct. 2019 Choose to head out on a riverside hike through lush landscapes inhabited by red deer, ptarmigan, and snowy owl, or spend time exploring Braemar’s charming shops and galleries. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 In a metagenomic analysis of the samples, Maixner and his colleagues confirmed this by finding segments of DNA belonging to red deer and ibex. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman’s last meal shows how Copper Age people ate on the run," 13 July 2018 On the menu, described Thursday in the journal Current Biology, were the fat and meat of a wild goat, meat of a red deer and whole wheat seeds, which Oetzi ate shortly before his death. Washington Post, "Ancient ‘Iceman’ shows signs of a well-balanced last meal," 13 July 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Red deer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of red deer

: a large kind of deer with big antlers that lives in Europe, Asia, and Africa

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