from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The female of a deer or related animal.
  • n. The female of various mammals, such as the hare, goat, or kangaroo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A female deer; also used of similar animals such as reindeer, antelope, goat.
  • n. A female fallow deer.
  • n. A female rabbit.
  • n. A female hare.
  • n. A female squirrel.
  • n. A female kangaroo
  • v. Archaic spelling of do.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A female deer or antelope; specifically, the female of the fallow deer, of which the male is called a buck. Also applied to the female of other animals, as the rabbit. See the Note under buck.
  • n. A feat. [Obs.] See do, n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The female of the deer (the feminine corresponding to buck) and of most antelopes.
  • n. The female of the hare or rabbit.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of do.
  • n. The wooden ball used in the game of shinty. Also called knowt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the federal department responsible for maintaining a national energy policy of the United States; created in 1977
  • n. mature female of mammals of which the male is called `buck'


Middle English do, from Old English .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English do, from Old English  ("female deer"), from Proto-Germanic *dajjōn (“female deer, mother deer”), from Proto-Germanic *dajjanan (“to suckle”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰēy- (“to suck (milk), to suckle”). Cognate with Scots da, dae ("female deer"), Alemannic German  ("doe"), Danish  ("deer, doe"), Sanskrit धेनुः (dhénā, "cow, milk-cow"), Old English dēon ("to suckle"), Old English delu ("teat"). Related also to fellatio, filial, fetus. (Wiktionary)


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