- a deer, Cervus elaphus, of Europe and Asia, having a reddish-brown summer coat.
- the white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus, in its summer coat.
Origin of red deer
late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75
- a city in S central Alberta, in W Canada.
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Examples from the Web for red deer
"I'm not so sure it was a red-deer, Honoria," the boy broke in.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
Sometimes we go together on the hills after grouse, at other times after red-deer.The Eagle Cliff
It has even been known to kill the calves of red-deer when very young.Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire
John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
Two butchers; two keepers of the home-park; two keepers of the red-deer park.A Tour throughout South Wales and Monmouthshire
J. T. Barber
What is your private opinion, O'Bronte, of the taste of Red-deer blood?
- a large deer, Cervus elaphus, formerly widely distributed in the woodlands of Europe and Asia. The coat is reddish brown in summer and the short tail is surrounded by a patch of light-coloured hair
- a town in S Alberta on the Red Deer River: trade centre for mixed farming, dairying region, and natural gas processing. Pop: 67 707 (2001)
- a river in W Canada, in SW Alberta, flowing southeast into the South Saskatchewan River. Length: about 620 km (385 miles)
- a river in W Canada, flowing east through Red Deer Lake into Lake Winnipegosis. Length: about 225 km (140 miles)
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