noun (plural same)
A hoofed grazing or browsing animal, with branched bony antlers that are shed annually and typically borne only by the male. See also mouse deer, musk deer.
- Family Cervidae: several genera and many species
More example sentences
- 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.
Old English dēor, also originally denoting any quadruped, used in the (now archaic) phrase small deer meaning 'small creatures collectively'; of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dier, German Tier.