black-tailed deer



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/.

Origin of black-tailed deer

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
Also called black·tail. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blacktail

Historical Examples of blacktail

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for blacktail



a variety of mule deer having a black tail
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