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 The deer, which appeared to be a young red deer doe, was exhausted by the time it was brought onto the boat by Bowditch and his charter guest Morgan Lloyd. People Staff,, 23 Aug. 2021 Per the Guardian’s Severin Carrell, the carvings depict two male red deer with full antlers and several other animals believed to be young deer. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2021 Since then, 228 captive or free-ranging cervids — including white-tailed deer, mule deer, red deer and elk — have tested positive in 13 Texas counties. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 23 June 2021 More than 49,000 years ago, a family of Neanderthals set up camp in a cave high in Siberia’s Altai Mountains, overlooking a river valley where bison, red deer, and wild horses roamed. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, 16 June 2021 BBC News notes that early communities in the area prized red deer for their meat and hides, as well as their bones and antlers, which prehistoric people used to make a variety of tools. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2021 Artifacts show its Neanderthal inhabitants hafted stone tools, butchered red deer, and may have made fires. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, 15 Apr. 2021 That day, the federal agency searched the store with a warrant and seized other pangolin scales, ground Asian elephant ivory and 11 penises and 15 gall bladders of red deer protected by the Endangered Species Act, according to court records. oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2021 Since then, 220 cases have been detected in white-tailed deer, mule deer, red deer and elk in 11 Texas counties, the TPWD said. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of red deer


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Red deer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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