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black-tailed deer

[blak-teyld] /ˈblækˌteɪld/
noun
1.
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
1800-1810
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10
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Examples from the Web for blacktail
Historical Examples
  • Late in the afternoon they came on three blacktail (p. 183) deer.

  • As the hunters say, "The blacktail hits only the high places in the landscape."

    Wild Animals at Home Ernest Thompson Seton
  • She had killed dozens of blacktail, an elk or two, and more than once a bear.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • The second game animal in point of abundance was the blacktail.

  • blacktail deer were everywhere, but the wapiti remained invisible.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
  • He remembered once shooting a big, beautiful, blacktail doe.

    The Uphill Climb

    B. M. Bower
  • Like blacktail he is not nearly so clever as Lightfoot the White-tail and so is more easily killed by hunters.

  • About half an hour before, having given up all hope of seeing wapiti, I had decided to kill a blacktail deer for meat.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
  • The tail is that of the ordinary mule-deer, or blacktail, of Colorado and Montana, but there is no white patch on the rump.

  • blacktail deer I have generally shot at about ninety yards, at an expenditure of about four cartridges apiece.

British Dictionary definitions for blacktail

blacktail

/ˈblækˌteɪl/
noun
1.
a variety of mule deer having a black tail
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