Meaning of deer in English
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Definition of deer in English:
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nounplural noun deer
A hoofed grazing or browsing animal, with branched bony antlers that are shed annually and typically borne only by the male.
See also mouse deer, musk deer
Family Cervidae: several genera and many species
‘The land around the ranch is a protected wintering area for elk, deer and bighorn sheep.’
- ‘Looping back around, I got a closer look at the ears and realised that it was probably a muntjac deer.’
- ‘Police said it was standard advice to cover the head of an injured deer or other animal to help reduce its stress.’
- ‘Environmentalists argue that Pooley is of exceptional value to deer and wolves.’
- ‘The deer, sheep and feral goats obviously appreciated the route through the forest too.’
- ‘It should be said that the carted deer run for a much shorter distance than the deer on Exmoor.’
- ‘Now there is no way they could do that to a healthy deer so I removed the hounds and the deer ran off.’
- ‘There is no relationship between the numbers of foxes, deer or hares as far as we can see and levels of damage.’
- ‘It had not horns in the sense of a deer or a cow but it had bony protuberances above the eyes.’
- ‘Why are some so poisonous to us, but not to the deer or squirrels who eat them?’
- ‘Today, his son was young and strong, so he would ask Jason to hunt deer or elk.’
- ‘Quickly and silently, his warriors parted and one large man carried in a deer over his shoulders.’
- ‘The herald glanced at me, a look that was as nervous and as fleeting as the deer in the gardens.’
- ‘They found a baby deer and rescued it, thinking they had found the source of the noise.’
- ‘Workers are now desperately searching for the female deer, who they believe is still at large.’
- ‘For the past two years, members have tried to scare the deer off, to no avail.’
- ‘After a few hours of this, and no luck with the deer, we return home drenched.’
- ‘It took Han a full hour to find the deer and when he finally located it, it was standing between two large trees.’
- ‘The deer are so tame they will come and take food from your hand and when we were there they took food from your pocket.’
- ‘Every young sapling that pokes its head above the heather is chewed to death by hungry deer.’
Old English dēor, also originally denoting any quadruped, used in the (now archaic) phrase small deer meaning ‘small creatures collectively’; of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dier, German Tier.
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noun,pluraldeer, (occasionally) deers.
any of several ruminants of the family Cervidae, most of the males of which have solid, deciduous antlers.
any of the smaller species of this family, as distinguished from the moose, elk, etc.
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Origin of deer
before 900; Middle English der,Old English dēor beast; akin to Gothic dius beast, Old High German tior
Words nearby deer
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Words related to deer
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How to use deer in a sentence
You can right a flipped machine if you’ve got a tree to help you out, and move or lift a dead deer, elk, bear, or even moose with the right hardware.
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I slept in the sunshine on a large tussock and woke to the sound of deer walking on the hillside.
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In a herd of deer, for example, there are no shifting alliances, no outsiders coming and going from the group, and no dominance hierarchies.
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They come from 23 species, including bison, red deer, cave bears and goats.
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Other dogs, trained to find scat, can tell droppings from diseased deer from those of healthy deer.
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She actually had never been to a Deer Tick show before, but she liked it a lot.
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So we picked out the song (“Rhiannon,” click here for video), and Deer Tick learned it.
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A worn couch sitting squarely before a wood veneer wall, accented by the head of a deer.
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In 1987, The Deer Hunter was hailed at the Moscow Film Festival as an important portrayal of the horrors of war.
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A drawing of what was deemed a “deer pig” was also sent through the uranium decay ringer.
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Within were the park and the deer, and the mansion rearing its brilliant columns amidst the redundant groves of a Spanish autumn.
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Now indeed they would have a grand feast, for they could add the flesh of the deer and boa to what they had already obtained.
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One of these leads past Charlecote, famous for Shakespeare's deer-stealing episode, but no longer open to the public.
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He descended into the valley, startling a herd of deer that bounded into the forest which clothed the hills.
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A number of peacocks, silver-pheasants, mandarin-ducks, and deer are preserved in their gardens.
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British Dictionary definitions for deer
any ruminant artiodactyl mammal of the family Cervidae, including reindeer, elk, muntjacs, and roe deer, typically having antlers in the maleRelated adjective: cervine
(in N Canada) another name for caribou
Word Origin for deer
Old English dēor beast; related to Old High German tior wild beast, Old Norse dӯr
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A deer is a four-legged, hoofed animal with antlers. Disney’s Bambi is a famous deer. There are deer all over the world, but American deer are light brown, and are often found nibbling on plants at dusk.
The main thing that distinguishes deer from other horned animals, like antelope, is that deer shed their antlers once a year and grow new ones. A female deer, called a "doe," has smaller antlers than the male, or "buck." The Old English root of deer, deor, means "beast" or "animal," and was originally used generally to refer to all four-legged wild animals.
Definitions of deer
noundistinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
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male deer in his second year
a young deer
- American elk, Cervus elaphus, elk, red deer, wapiti
common deer of temperate Europe and Asia
- Cervus unicolor, sambar, sambur
a deer of southern Asia with antlers that have three tines
- American elk, Cervus elaphus canadensis, elk, wapiti
large North American deer with large much-branched antlers in the male
- Cervus nipon, Cervus sika, Japanese deer, sika
small deer of Japan with slightly forked antlers
- Odocoileus Virginianus, Virginia deer, white tail, white-tailed deer, whitetail, whitetail deer
common North American deer; tail has a white underside
- Odocoileus hemionus, burro deer, mule deer
long-eared deer of western North America with two-pronged antlers
- Alces alces, European elk, elk, moose
large northern deer with enormous flattened antlers in the male; called `elk' in Europe and `moose' in North America
- Dama dama, fallow deer
small Eurasian deer
- Capreolus capreolus, roe deer
small graceful deer of Eurasian woodlands having small forked antlers
- Greenland caribou, Rangifer tarandus, caribou, reindeer
Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called `reindeer' in Eurasia and `caribou' in North America
small South American deer with unbranched antlers
- barking deer, muntjac
small Asian deer with small antlers and a cry like a bark
- Moschus moschiferus, musk deer
small heavy-limbed upland deer of central Asia; male secretes valued musk
- Elaphurus davidianus, elaphure, pere david's deer
large Chinese deer surviving only in domesticated herds
- hart, stag
a male deer, especially an adult male red deer
a female deer, especially an adult female red deer
male red deer in its second year
- Odocoileus hemionus columbianus, black-tailed deer, blacktail, blacktail deer
mule deer of western Rocky Mountains
male roe deer
- Rangifer caribou, woodland caribou
any of several large caribou living in coniferous forests of southern Canada; in some classifications included in the species Rangifer tarandus
- Rangifer arcticus, barren ground caribou
of tundra of northern Canada; in some classifications included in the species Rangifer tarandus
- type of:
any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments
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