- a small, agile Old World deer, Capreolus capreolus, the male of which has three-pointed antlers.
Origin of roe deer
before 1000; Old English rāhdēor (not recorded in ME)
Also called roe.
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Examples from the Web for roe deer
There are from 60-100 in the cow and sheep, but only about five or six in the Roe-deer.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
I remember that once, when I was a little boy, I got a roe-deer as a present.The Adventures of the U-202
He tamed leverets and partridges, and little birds, and hares, and roe-deer.The Cloister and the Hearth
Our objects that day were boar and roe-deer; but presently a partridge was descried sprinting up the rugged screes above.Unexplored Spain
Besides the red deer, or stag, the forests at this time were filled with roe-deer.Men of the Old Stone Age
Henry Fairfield Osborn
- a small graceful deer, Capreolus capreolus, of woodlands of Europe and Asia. The antlers are small and the summer coat is reddish-brown
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