deer definition

  • noun:
    • Any of numerous hoofed ruminant mammals of this household Cervidae, characteristically having deciduous antlers borne mainly by the men. The deer family comes with the elk, moose, caribou, and reindeer.
    • A beast, generally a quadruped unlike wild birds, fish, etc.
    • (Esp. in expression small deer) Any animal, particularly a mammal.
    • a ruminant mammal with antlers and hooves associated with household Cervidae or one of many similar pets from relevant categories of the order Artiodactyla
    • The meat of these an animal
    • Any animal; specifically, a wild pet.
    • A ruminant associated with the genus Cervus, of several species, and of associated genera of family members Cervidæ. The men, plus some types the females, have solid antlers, often much branched, which are shed yearly. Their flesh, which is why these are typically hunted, is known as venison.
    • Any crazy quadruped.
    • The general title for the solid-horned ruminants of the family members Ccrvidœ, and especially regarding the genus Cervus. See these terms.
    • A term loosely applied to the chevrotains, of the family Tragulidæ (which see), from their resemblance to musk-deer.
    • distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers

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