deer «dihr», noun, plural deer or (rarely) deers.
1. a swift, graceful mammal that has hoofs and chews the cud. Most male deer and some female deer have antlers, which are shed and grow again every year. Deer are herbivorous. The smaller species of these mammals include the white-tailed (or Virginia) deer and the mule deer of America, the red deer of Europe and Asia, and the fallow deer of Europe. Elk, moose, and caribou belong to the same family.
2. Obsolete. any beast, especially a wild beast.
[Old English dēor animal. Compare etym. under dear2. (Cf.dear)]
deer´like´, adjective.

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