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black-tailed deer

[blak-teyld] /ˈblækˌteɪld/
a variety of mule deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus, of the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, having a tail that is black above.
Also, blacktail deer
[blak-teyl] /ˈblækˌteɪl/ (Show IPA)
Also called blacktail.
Origin of black-tailed deer
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • black-tailed deer,” I said softly, with my eyes glued on the thicket.

  • The hunters brought in two black-tailed deer and one antelope.

    Wilford Woodruff Matthias F. Cowley
  • They could be no other than the ‘black-tailed deer’ of the Rocky Mountains—the cervus macrotis described by the naturalist Say.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • A fine specimen of the black-tailed deer went bounding past camp this morning.

  • The black-tailed deer are fine eating; the grass on which they feed in the mountains is said to make the meat tender and sweet.

    Three Years on the Plains Edmund B. Tuttle
  • The hag pursued him, moving backward and pulling after her the partly dressed hide of a black-tailed deer.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • After the badger had performed his task, the black-tailed deer was ordered to go up and enlarge the opening by means of his horns.

  • black-tailed deer and antelope were common, and even the mysterious bighorn sheep of which some of them had read.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • black-tailed deer passed frequently on the slopes, and now and then Justin came upon the track of a bear.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • Mr. Roosevelt tells us that the greatest number of black-tailed deer he ever killed in one day was three.

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