Definition of deer in English:
noun (plural same)
- Family Cervidae: several genera and many species
- The land around the ranch is a protected wintering area for elk, deer and bighorn sheep.
- Looping back around, I got a closer look at the ears and realised that it was probably a muntjac deer.
- Police said it was standard advice to cover the head of an injured deer or other animal to help reduce its stress.
In Old English a deer was not just the animal we are familiar with now, it could be any four-footed creature. The meaning was narrowed down to its modern sense in the Middle Ages. The word goes back to Indo-European, to a root meaning ‘breathing creature’.
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