roe deer


Definition of roe deer

: either of two small European or Asian deer (Capreolus capreolus and C. pygarus) that have short erect antlers forked at the summit, are reddish-brown in summer and grayish in winter, have a white rump patch, and are noted for their nimbleness and grace

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Recent Examples on the Web The high elevation here has fostered a particularly fascinating array of native flora and fauna, with hundreds of plant species, more than 350 different bird varieties, and classic East Asian mammals like the wild boar and Siberian roe deer. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 The bones of red deer, roe deer, and boar were made into wind instruments and decorative objects. Nick Squires, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Oct. 2021 Walks were re-created, with urns providing eye-catchers and paths allowing guests to discover more of the parkland, its arboretum and also wildlife including roe deer, bees and various nesting birds around the lake. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Mile-long walls enclose a park filled with roe deer and white stags. The Economist, 23 May 2020 Those animals that can’t match the rate of warming and delay breeding, like the roe deer and Columbian ground squirrels, don’t raise as many young. National Geographic, 19 Aug. 2019 The results of the cave study, published this past April in Scientific Reports, showed that bears, roe deer and bats were present in this region at least as far back as 80,000 years ago. Quanta Magazine, 29 May 2019 To this day, the Lamarche family and their guests use the estate to hunt roe deer and wild boar. WSJ, 13 Feb. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of roe deer

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Roe deer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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