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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. 2017.
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  • Though they have decreased in numbers, the decrease is by no means as great as of the blacktail, and a good many can be shot yet.

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

    Wild Animals at Home Ernest Thompson Seton
  • In the long, easy-going summer days, blacktail had almost forgotten what anger was like.

    The Strength of the Pines Edison Marshall
  • The second game animal in point of abundance was the blacktail.

  • She had killed dozens of blacktail, an elk or two, and more than once a bear.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • He remembered once shooting a big, beautiful, blacktail doe.

    The Uphill Climb B. M. Bower
  • blacktail deer were everywhere, but the wapiti remained invisible.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
  • Like blacktail he is not nearly so clever as Lightfoot the White-tail and so is more easily killed by hunters.

  • She entered the upper end of the blacktail and began to hunt down to its mouth.

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

British Dictionary definitions for blacktail


a variety of mule deer having a black tail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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