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

  • n. A common deer (Cervus elaphus) of Europe and Asia, having a reddish-brown coat.
  • n. The summer morph of the white-tailed deer, having a reddish coat.

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  • n. Browsing mammal, animal with antlers, Cervus elaphus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. The Virginia deer. See Deer.

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

  • n. common deer of temperate Europe and Asia


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  • And in fact it seems to stand in the same relation to the palmated elk, as the red deer does to the fallow.

    Notes on the State of Virginia.

  • But thou must eat little or no goat’s flesh, nor red deer — nor even foal’s flesh by any means; and carefully abstain — that is, as much as thou canst, from peacocks, cranes, coots, didappers, and water-hens —

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • Besides forest horses and forest rhinos, wild pigs and several varieties of deer found a home in the tree-filled landscape: red deer, later called elk in other lands, in small herds; individuals and small groups of shy roe-deer with simple three-pointed antlers; the slightly larger, fawn-and-white dappled fallow deer; and a few elk, referred to as moose by those who call the red deer elk, all shared the wooded environment.

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • The wilderness had always been his dwelling – in the land he had left, his early days had been passed in hunting the red deer or the red man on the Prairie fields – there, with the true spirit of the old American, he had learned to treat the Indian as "varment," although a kindlier feeling was awakened towards them in this country, where white as well as red were recipients of England's bounty, and many a tale of wild pathos or dark horror has he told of the experience of his youth with the people of the wild.

    Sketches and Tales Illustrative of Life in the Backwoods of New Brunswick, North America


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