white-tailed deer

noun (1)
\ ˈhwīt-ˌtāld- How to pronounce white-tailed deer (audio) , ˈwīt-\

Definition of white-tailed deer

 (Entry 1 of 11)

: a North American deer (Odocoileus virginianus) with a rather long tail white on the undersurface and the males of which have forward-arching antlers

called also whitetail deer

white-tailed eagle

noun (2)

Definition of white-tailed eagle (Entry 2 of 11)

white-tailed emerald

noun (3)

Definition of white-tailed emerald (Entry 3 of 11)

: either of two greenish Central American hummingbirds of the genus Elvira

white-tailed gnu

noun (4)

Definition of white-tailed gnu (Entry 4 of 11)

: a very dark gnu (Connochaetes gnou) having a partially white tail and being formerly abundant in southern Africa but now restricted to game preserves

called also black wildebeest

white-tailed hawk

noun (5)

Definition of white-tailed hawk (Entry 5 of 11)

: a large hawk (Buteo albicaudatus) ranging from Texas to South America and having the underparts, rump, and tail predominantly white

white-tailed jackrabbit

noun (6)

Definition of white-tailed jackrabbit (Entry 6 of 11)

: a jackrabbit (Lepus townsendi) of the northern great plains that has a white tail and commonly becomes wholly white in winter

white-tailed kite

noun (7)

Definition of white-tailed kite (Entry 7 of 11)

: a kite (Elanus leucurus majusculus) of warm and tropical America that is largely gray above with black wing coverts and white head, breast, tail, and underparts

white-tailed mongoose

noun (8)

Definition of white-tailed mongoose (Entry 8 of 11)

: a mongoose of the genus Ichneumia (I. albicauda) distinguished by its white tail

white-tailed ptarmigan

noun (9)

Definition of white-tailed ptarmigan (Entry 9 of 11)

: a rather small ptarmigan (Lagopus leucurus) of mountainous regions from Alaska to New Mexico that becomes pure white in winter

white-tailed sea eagle

noun (10)

Definition of white-tailed sea eagle (Entry 10 of 11)

: a bulky long-winged sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) that is distinguished by a short white wedge-shaped tail

white-tailed tropic bird

noun (11)

Definition of white-tailed tropic bird (Entry 11 of 11)

: a tropic bird (Phaëthon lepturus) that has a yellow bill and white tail

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Noun (1)

In the meaning defined above

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They, along with white-tailed deer, have been able to increase to nuisance levels in many parts of Wisconsin in the 21st century. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Canada geese grouping up before molt migration," 9 June 2018 Most white-tailed deer in Wisconsin give birth in late May or early June. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin man encounters rare white deer fawn on Sauk County morel mushroom hunt," 15 May 2018 Expect to find more than 1,200 species of plants, hundreds of species of birds making their migratory journey from south to north or vice versa, and animals such as jackrabbits, coyote, white-tail deer, and foxes. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "The top U.S. wonders to visit this spring," 20 Mar. 2018 Riders will also likely see white-tailed deer and foxes on the trip. New York Times, "Four Wildlife Tours in the United States Worth Taking," 7 Mar. 2018 Conservationists didn’t want to see this cat—which helped keep populations of white-tailed deer, wild hog, and other prey animals in check—go extinct. Laura Poppick, Smithsonian, "Threatened Species? Science to the (Genetic) Rescue!," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of white-tailed deer

Noun (1)

1829, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (4)

1858, in the meaning defined above

Noun (9)

1834, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of white-tailed deer

: a common North American deer that has a tail which is white underneath

white-tailed deer

\ ˈhwīt-ˌtāld, ˈwīt-\

Kids Definition of white-tailed deer

: a common North American deer with the underside of the tail white

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