roe deer

noun

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 Mile-long walls enclose a park filled with roe deer and white stags. The Economist, "Home Entertainment Confined in prison, Marco Polo roamed across the world," 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, "Some animals can adapt to climate change—just not fast enough," 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, "Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems," 29 May 2019 To this day, the Lamarche family and their guests use the estate to hunt roe deer and wild boar. WSJ, "A Belgian Castle With a Heroic Past," 13 Feb. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roe%20deer. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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