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Definitions of deer

  1. distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Any animal; especially, a wild animal. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A ruminant of the genus Cervus, of many species, and of related genera of the family Cervidae. The males, and in some species the females, have solid antlers, often much branched, which are shed annually. Their flesh, for which they are hunted, is called venison. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Sing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5. A quadruped of various species, as the red-deer, elk, &c. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. A fleet ruminant, as the moose, elk, and reindeer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A quadruped of several species, as the stag, the fallow deer, &e. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. A quadruped with large branching horns, of several species, as the stag, the fallow-deer, the roebuck, the rein-deer, the moose-deer, the elk, &c.-their flesh is called venison. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. d[=e]r, n. a quadruped of several species, as the stag, reindeer, &c.; in M. E., any kind of animal.--ns. DEER'-HAIR, heath club-rush; DEER'-HERD; DEER'-HOUND; DEER'-LICK, a spot of salt ground whither deer come to lick the earth; DEER'-MOUSE, a common name for several species of American mice--so called from their agility; DEER'-NECK, a thin, ill-shaped neck--of horses; DEER'-SKIN, the skin of the deer, or leather made therefrom; DEER'-STALK'ER; DEER'-STALK'ING, the hunting of deer by stalking, or stealing upon them unawares. [A.S. deór; Ger. thier, Dut. dier; Ice. dýr. There is no connection with Gr. th[=e]r, L. fera, a wild beast.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  10. (collect. sing. usu. for pl.). Kinds of ruminant quadruped with deciduous branching horns (small d., insignificant animals or things collectively, cf. King Lear III. iv. 144); d.-hound, large rough greyhound; d.-forest, wild land reserved for stalking d.; d.-lick, spring or damp spot impregnated with salt &c. where d. come to lick; d.-neck, horse\'s thin neck; d.\'s-foot, a fine grass; deerskin, (made of) d.\'s skin; d.-stalker, sportsman stalking d., low-crowned close-fitting cap. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  11. n. sing. & pl. [Anglo-Saxon] A ruminant quadruped of the genus Cervus, of several species, the males of which have branched horns, which they shed annually—the deer hunted in England is called stag or red deer. Cabinet Dictionary
  12. That class of animals which is hunted for venison. Complete Dictionary

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