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deer

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/ dɪər /
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noun, plural deer, (occasionally) deers.

any of several ruminants of the family Cervidae, most of the males of which have solid, deciduous antlers.
any of the smaller species of this family, as distinguished from the moose, elk, etc.

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Origin of deer

before 900; Middle English der,Old English dēor beast; akin to Gothic dius beast, Old High German tior
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deer
/ (dɪə) /

noun plural deer or deers

any ruminant artiodactyl mammal of the family Cervidae, including reindeer, elk, muntjacs, and roe deer, typically having antlers in the maleRelated adjective: cervine
(in N Canada) another name for caribou

Word Origin for deer

Old English dēor beast; related to Old High German tior wild beast, Old Norse dӯr
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