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mule deer

  1. a deer, Odocoileus hemionus, of western North America, having large ears and a gray coat.
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Origin of mule deer

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
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Historical Examples of mule deer

  • Upon it roams the buffalo, the prong-horned antelope, and the mule-deer.

    The Young Voyageurs

    Mayne Reid

  • The hunters who were out the greater part of the day brought in six elk, two buffaloe, two mule-deer and a bear.

  • Far out on the plain their trained eyes saw the bands of antelope, and, nearer, herds of mule-deer working about in the ravines.

  • I got four mule-deer stags, one with a very nice head and a second not at all bad.

  • "This" was the carcase of a mule-deer, which lay in the hollow in which Steve wanted to camp.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo!

    Clive Phillipps-Wolley

British Dictionary definitions for mule deer

mule deer

  1. a W North American deer, Odocoileus hemionus, with long ears and a black-tipped tail
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