distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
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.
The meat of such an animal
Oh I've never had deer before.
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.
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’.
any animal; especially, a wild animal
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
Origin: [OE. der, deor, animal, wild animal, AS. der; akin to D. dier, OFries. diar, G. thier, tier, Icel. dr, Dan. dyr, Sw. djur, Goth. dius; of unknown origin. 71.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dēr, 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. thēr, L. fera, a wild beast.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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)
A type of animal and mammal created and produced in various species.
Deer are a beautiful animal and some have antlers.
What does DEER stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the DEER acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.
dere, de re, dree, rede, reed, Reed
The numerical value of deer in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of deer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Spontaneous kindness is to hipsters as high beams are to deer.
A deer that knows all the hunting techniques of a lion will never fall prey to a lion!
Being an old Mississippi boy, I'd deer hunted and I knew immediately he had a deer rifle, a .30-(caliber) deer rifle.
Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordion. You just leave a lot of useless, noisy baggage behind.
With the increased forestation in the state and in the Northeast, the deer herd have increased exponentially, then the ticks have increased, and now the virus.
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Translations for deer
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- أيّل, الغزالArabic
- cérvolCatalan, Valencian
- laň, jelenCzech
- ѥлєньOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- hydd, carwWelsh
- ζαρκάδι, άλκη, ελάφι, δορκάδαGreek
- venado, ciervoSpanish
- oreinki, oreinBasque
- hirvi, hirvieläin, hirvenliha, kauris, peura, kauriinliha, poronliha, peuranliha, poroFinnish
- chevreuil, cerfFrench
- hartWestern Frisian
- fia, osIrish
- fiadhScottish Gaelic
- हरिण, हिरनHindi
- եղնիկ, եղջերուArmenian
- rusa, kijang, menjanganIndonesian
- rádýr, hjörtur, krónhjörturIcelandic
- capriolo, renna, cervo, daino, alceItalian
- 鹿, シカJapanese
- cerva, cervus, ceruusLatin
- HirschLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- elnias, elnėLithuanian
- cewe angin, menjangan, payau, rusaMalay
- hjort, rådyrNorwegian
- bįįhNavajo, Navaho
- veado, cervoPortuguese
- taruka, tarucaQuechua
- ciută, căprioară, cerbRomanian
- олень, оленинаRussian
- chervu, crefu, cherbu, crebuSardinian
- ruksesgoddiNorthern Sami
- кошута, lane, jelen, košuta, лане, јеленSerbo-Croatian
- jelen, košutaSlovene
- sorkadhe, sutë, drenushë, dreAlbanian
- hjortkött, hjort, hjortdjurSwedish
- kulungu, nyama ya kulunguSwahili
- nai, hươuVietnamese
- histägil, stägül, stägil, histäg, jistäg, jistägül, jistägil, stägamit, stäg, histägülVolapük
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