Definition of axis deer in English:

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axis deer

(also axis)


A deer that has lyre-shaped antlers and a yellowish-brown coat with white spots, native to India and Sri Lanka.
  • Cervus axis, family Cervidae.
Example sentences
  • With both the .50 and the 45, I have taken bison, elk, antelope, white-tailed deer, axis deer, fallow deer and turkey.
  • They also enjoyed the scimitar-horned oryx, axis deer, fallow deer, sika deer, blackbuck antelope, eland, impala, bison and many more species calling the Rio Bonito home.
  • A long-bearded old turkey gobbler greeted me at the gate, and whitetails, axis deer and blackbuck could be seen ghosting through the meadows if you only looked.


Early 17th century: axis from Latin, the name of an Indian animal mentioned by Pliny.

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Syllabification: ax·is deer

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