noun, plural deer, (occasionally) deers.
- deer fern,
- deer fly,
- deer fly fever,
- deer grass,
- deer lick
Origin of deer
Examples from the Web for deers
Uncertainly, her head drawn back as a deers is when surprised, she glanced about her.The Monster|Edgar Saltus
In other places were to be seen deer skins stretched to dry; and deers' feet and antlers lay here and there.The Indian in his Wigwam|Henry R. Schoolcraft
Some of them were also provided with deers heads Cased for the purpose of decoying the deer.The Journals of Lewis and Clark|Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
All wore deers' tail head-dresses, and carried rattles of deers' claws on their arms.Omaha sociology (1884 N 03 / 1881-1882 (pages 205-370))|James Owen Dorsey
It was quite amusing to watch them tighten up their belts and dash off like deers.By Canoe and Dog-Train|Egerton Ryerson Young
noun plural deer or deers
Word Origin for deer
Old English deor "animal, beast," from Proto-Germanic *deuzam, the general Germanic word for "animal" (as opposed to man), but often restricted to "wild animal" (cf. Old Frisian diar, Dutch dier, Old Norse dyr, Old High German tior, German Tier "animal," Gothic dius "wild animal," also cf. reindeer), from PIE *dheusom "creature that breathes," from root *dheu- (1) "cloud, breath" (cf. Lithuanian dusti "gasp," dvesti "gasp, perish;" Old Church Slavonic dychati "breathe").
For prehistoric sense development, cf. Latin animal from anima "breath"). Sense specialization to a specific animal began in Old English (usual Old English for what we now call a deer was heorot; see hart), common by 15c., now complete. Probably via hunting, deer being the favorite animal of the chase (cf. Sanskrit mrga- "wild animal," used especially for "deer"). Deer-lick is first attested 1778, in an American context.