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roe deer

  1. a small, agile Old World deer, Capreolus capreolus, the male of which has three-pointed antlers.
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Origin of roe deer

before 1000; Old English rāhdēor (not recorded in ME)
Also called roe.
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Examples from the Web for roe deer

Historical Examples

  • There are from 60-100 in the cow and sheep, but only about five or six in the Roe-deer.

    The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)

    Francis Maitland Balfour

  • I remember that once, when I was a little boy, I got a roe-deer as a present.

  • He tamed leverets and partridges, and little birds, and hares, and roe-deer.

  • Our objects that day were boar and roe-deer; but presently a partridge was descried sprinting up the rugged screes above.

    Unexplored Spain

    Abel Chapman

  • Besides the red deer, or stag, the forests at this time were filled with roe-deer.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn

British Dictionary definitions for roe deer

roe deer

  1. a small graceful deer, Capreolus capreolus, of woodlands of Europe and Asia. The antlers are small and the summer coat is reddish-brown
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