American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various hoofed ruminant mammals of the family Cervidae, characteristically having deciduous antlers borne chiefly by the males. The deer family also includes the elk, moose, caribou, and reindeer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any wild quadruped.
- n. The general name of the solid-horned ruminants of the family Ccrvidœ, and especially of the genus Cervus. See these words. Most of the deer have solid deciduous horns, of the kind called antlers, in the male only; but in the reindeer they are present in both sexes; in the musk-deer (Moschinœ) they are wanting. The largest living deer are the elk of Europe and the moose of America; the smallest are the muntjacs and musk-deer, which are further distinguished by the large tusk-like canine teeth of the males. The term deer being so comprehensive, and the animals being so conspicuous, the leading kinds have mostly received distinctive names, as the reindeer, roe-deer, musk- deer, etc. (See these words, and also brocket, elk, moose, roe, stag, wapiti, caribou, black-tail.) Deer are found fossil as far back as the Pliocene period. The best-known extinct species is the Irish elk, Cervus megaceros. The leading genera of livingdeer are Alces, Rangifer, Dama, Cervus (with many subgenera), Capreolus, Cervulus, Mosehus, and Hydropotes. The species are numerous, and are found in most continental parts of the world, excepting southern Africa and Australia. The common deer of the United States is Cariacus virginianus. See
- n. A term loosely applied to the chevrotains, of the family Tragulidæ (which see), from their resemblance to musk-deer.
- n. obsolete A beast, usually a quadruped as opposed to birds, fish, etc.
- n. archaic (Esp. in phrase small deer) Any animal, especially a mammal.
- n. zoology a ruminant mammal with antlers and hooves of the family Cervidae or one of several similar animals from related families of the order Artiodactyla
- n. The meat of such an animal
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Any animal; especially, a wild animal.
- n. (Zoöl.) A ruminant of the genus Cervus, of many species, and of related genera of the family
Cervidæ. 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.
- n. distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
- From Middle English deere, dere, der, dier, deor ("small animal, deer"), from Old English dēor, dīor ("an animal, beast, any sort of wild animal, wild beast; deer, reindeer"), from Proto-Germanic *deuzan (“animal”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeusóm (“living thing”), from *dʰeus (“breath”), full-grade derivative of *dʰu̯ésmi. Cognate with Scots dere, deir ("deer"), North Frisian dier ("animal, beast"), West Frisian dier ("animal, beast"), Dutch dier ("animal, beast"), Low German Deer, Deert ("animal"), German Tier ("animal, beast"), Swedish djur ("animal, beast"), Icelandic dýr ("animal, beast"). Related also to Albanian dash ("ram"), Lithuanian daũsos ("upper air; heaven"), Lithuanian dùsti ("to sigh"), Russian душа (dušá, "breath, spirit"), Lithuanian dvėsti ("to breath, exhale"), Russian (dvochat', "to cough"), Sanskrit (dhvaṁsati, "he falls to dust"). For semantic development compare Latin animalis ("animal"), from anima ("breath, spirit"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English der, beast, from Old English dēor. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“There are a few other kinds of deer in America, but the funniest of them is called the _mule deer_, which lives along the Rocky Mountains.”
“But in one thing the tiger is better off than the deer: _the tiger can see farther than the deer_.”
“II. i.100 (161,5) [too unruly deer] The ambiguity of _deer_ and _dear_ is borrowed, poor as it is, by Waller, in his poem on the _Ladies”
“III. i.91 (443,8) It was my deer] The play upon _deer_ and _dear_ has been used by Waller, who calls a lady's girdle, _The pale that held my lovely_ deer.”
“Before season starts i just go to where the deer are and make a blind and I have killed all of my deer from a blind.”
“What a buck some people have all the luck but i rather be lucky than good any day i just cant get over how big this deer is and all the points coming out every where congrads on a magnificent buck i dont think you can ever beat that in your life time if you do iam coming to ill. and hunting beside you.”
“Sitting in a tree and waiting on a deer is one thing, being able to track and sneak up on a deer is another.”
“They come by and give a tag and the deer is yours.”
“Considering the huge amounts of edible plants and insects available in almost every terrain, killing a deer is an unnecessary waste.”
“Killing a deer is a kind of acceptance of the interconnectedness of life.”
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