One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hoofed grazing or browsing animal, with branched bony antlers that are shed annually and typically borne only by the male.
Family Cervidae: several genera and many species
- ‘Today, his son was young and strong, so he would ask Jason to hunt deer or elk.’
- ‘Looping back around, I got a closer look at the ears and realised that it was probably a muntjac deer.’
- ‘Quickly and silently, his warriors parted and one large man carried in a deer over his shoulders.’
- ‘Police said it was standard advice to cover the head of an injured deer or other animal to help reduce its stress.’
- ‘The herald glanced at me, a look that was as nervous and as fleeting as the deer in the gardens.’
- ‘They found a baby deer and rescued it, thinking they had found the source of the noise.’
- ‘It had not horns in the sense of a deer or a cow but it had bony protuberances above the eyes.’
- ‘Every young sapling that pokes its head above the heather is chewed to death by hungry deer.’
- ‘Environmentalists argue that Pooley is of exceptional value to deer and wolves.’
- ‘There is no relationship between the numbers of foxes, deer or hares as far as we can see and levels of damage.’
- ‘Why are some so poisonous to us, but not to the deer or squirrels who eat them?’
- ‘The land around the ranch is a protected wintering area for elk, deer and bighorn sheep.’
- ‘For the past two years, members have tried to scare the deer off, to no avail.’
- ‘It took Han a full hour to find the deer and when he finally located it, it was standing between two large trees.’
- ‘The deer are so tame they will come and take food from your hand and when we were there they took food from your pocket.’
- ‘Workers are now desperately searching for the female deer, who they believe is still at large.’
- ‘The deer, sheep and feral goats obviously appreciated the route through the forest too.’
- ‘It should be said that the carted deer run for a much shorter distance than the deer on Exmoor.’
- ‘After a few hours of this, and no luck with the deer, we return home drenched.’
- ‘Now there is no way they could do that to a healthy deer so I removed the hounds and the deer ran off.’
Old English dēor, also originally denoting any quadruped, used in the (now archaic) phrase small deer meaning ‘small creatures collectively’; of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dier, German Tier.
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