What does deer mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deer, cervid(noun)

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


  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

  3. 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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deer

    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

  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)

Editors Contribution

  1. deer

    A type of animal and mammal created and produced in various species.

    Deer are a beautiful animal and some have antlers.

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Anagrams for deer »

  1. dere, de re, dree, rede, reed, Reed

  2. De re

  3. Reed


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deer in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Vargas:

    The deer have no fear of humans.

  2. J. Jacques, Something Positive Comic, 08-22-05:

    Spontaneous kindness is to hipsters as high beams are to deer.

  3. Alligator Ron Bergeron:

    William Spake know, rabbits, coons, deer, bobcat, panthers, bear.

  4. Yu Qiangmin:

    At the moment the real money-spinners are deer antler and ginseng.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    A deer that knows all the hunting techniques of a lion will never fall prey to a lion!

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