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mule deer

a deer, Odocoileus hemionus, of western North America, having large ears and a gray coat.
Origin of mule deer
An Americanism dating back to 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He is called the mule deer because he has very long ears, like a mule's ears.

    The Wonders of the Jungle Prince Sarath Ghosh
  • The mule deer is good for the Rocky Mountains, and can live where the white-tail can not; but it is too easy to shoot!

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • Among our acquisitions to-day were a mule deer, a magpie, a common deer, and a buffalo.

  • Once more they replenished their larder with mountain sheep and mule deer, and packed upon the horses all they could carry.

    The Great Sioux Trail Joseph Altsheler
  • Now, the mule deer is next neighbor to the Dreadnaught, across the divide.

  • Arrange it as you like, but I will not take presents from the manager of the mule deer.

  • I have heard your uncle call them mule deer, and he says that that name comes from their having such big ears.

    Jack, the Young Ranchman

    George Bird Grinnell
  • Wait until you see a mule deer, or a big-horn sheep, said Mr. Blender.

    Jack Ranger's Gun Club Clarence Young
  • This is a famous game region, and you will be likely to meet small bands of antelope, mule deer, and wild sheep.

    Steep Trails John Muir
British Dictionary definitions for mule deer

mule deer

a W North American deer, Odocoileus hemionus, with long ears and a black-tipped tail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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