white-tailed deer

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

Definition of white-tailed deer

: 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

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Diet These canids are carnivores, and like to hunt and eat white-tailed deer, racoons, and small mammals like rabbits and mice. National Geographic, "Red wolves," 27 July 2019 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

1829, 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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