Definitions for deerdɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

deerdɪər(n.)(pl.)deer; deers.

  1. any ruminant of the family Cervidae: in most species only the males grow and shed antlers.

    Category: Mammals

  2. any of the smaller species of this family, as distinguished from the moose or elk.

    Category: Mammals

Origin of deer:

bef. 900; ME der, OE dēor wild animal

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deer, cervid(noun)

    distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. deer(noun)ɪər

    a brown wild animal with hooves and antlers

Wiktionary

  1. deer(Noun)

    a ruminant mammal with antlers and hooves of the family Cervidae or one of several similar animals from related families of the order Artiodactyla

    I wrecked my car after a deer ran across the road.

  2. deer(Noun)

    The meat of such an animal

    Oh I've never had deer before.

  3. deer(Noun)

    Any animal, especially a mammal.

    But mice and rats and such small deer, have been Tom's food for seven long year. -Shakespeare, King Lear. Act III. Sc. IV.

  4. Origin: From der, from deor, from deuzan, from dʰeusóm ‘living thing’ (compare Albanian dash ‘ram’, Lithuanian pl. daũsos ‘upper air; heaven’), from - ‘breath’ (compare dùsti ‘to sigh’, душа ‘breath, spirit’), full-grade derivative of (compare Lithuanian dvėsti ‘to breathe, exhale’, Russian ‘to cough’, Sanskrit ‘he falls to dust’). For semantic development compare animalis ‘animal’, from anima ‘breath, spirit’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deer

    any animal; especially, a wild animal

  2. Deer

    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

Freebase

  1. Deer

    Deer are the ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae. Species in the Cervidae family include white-tailed deer, mule deer such as black-tailed deer, elk, moose, red deer, reindeer, fallow deer, roe deer and chital. Male deer of all species and also female reindeer grow and shed new antlers each year. In this they differ from permanently horned animals such as antelope; these are in the same order as deer and may bear a superficial resemblance. The musk deer of Asia and water chevrotain of tropical African and Asian forests are not usually regarded as true deer and form their own families, Moschidae and Tragulidae, respectively.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Deer

    The family Cervidae of 17 genera and 45 species occurring nearly throughout North America, South America, and Eurasia, on most associated continental islands, and in northern Africa. Wild populations of deer have been established through introduction by people in Cuba, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and other places where the family does not naturally occur. They are slim, long-legged and best characterized by the presence of antlers. Their habitat is forests, swamps, brush country, deserts, and arctic tundra. They are usually good swimmers; some migrate seasonally. (Walker's Mammals of the World, 5th ed, p1362)


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

deer(noun)

a kind of large, grass-eating animal, the male of which sometimes has antlers

a herd of deer.

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