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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deer  \Deer\  (d[=e]r),  n.  sing.  &  pl  [OE.  der,  deor,  animal, 
  wild  animal,  AS  de['o]r;  akin  to  D.  dier,  OFries  diar,  G. 
  thier,  tier,  Icel.  d[=y]r,  Dan.  dyr,  Sw  djur,  Goth.  dius;  of 
  unknown  origin.  [root]71.] 
  1.  Any  animal;  especially,  a  wild  animal.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  Mice  and  rats,  and  such  small  deer.  --Shak. 
 
  The  camel,  that  great  deer.  --Lindisfarne 
  MS 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  ruminant  of  the  genus  {Cervus},  of  many 
  species,  and  of  related  genera  of  the  family  {Cervid[ae]}. 
  The  males,  and  in  some  species  the  females,  have  solid 
  antlers,  often  much  branched,  which  are  shed  annually. 
  Their  flesh,  for  which  they  are  hunted,  is  called  venison. 
 
  Note:  The  deer  hunted  in  England  is  {Cervus  elaphus},  called 
  also  stag  or  red  deer;  the  fallow  deer  is  {C.  dama}; 
  the  common  American  deer  is  {C.  Virginianus};  the 
  blacktailed  deer  of  Western  North  America  is  {C. 
  Columbianus};  and  the  mule  deer  of  the  same  region  is 
  {C.  macrotis}.  See  {Axis},  {Fallow  deer},  {Mule  deer}, 
  {Reindeer}. 
 
  Note:  Deer  is  much  used  adjectively,  or  as  the  first  part  of 
  a  compound;  as  deerkiller  deerslayer  deerslaying 
  deer  hunting,  deer  stealing,  deerlike  etc 
 
  {Deer  mouse}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  white-footed  mouse  ({Hesperomys 
  leucopus})  of  America. 
 
  {Small  deer},  petty  game,  not  worth  pursuing;  --  used 
  metaphorically.  (See  citation  from  Shakespeare  under  the 
  first  definition,  above.)  ``Minor  critics  .  .  .  can  find 
  leisure  for  the  chase  of  such  small  deer.''  --G.  P.  Marsh. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deer 
  n  :  distinguished  from  Bovidae  by  the  male's  having  solid 
  deciduous  antlers  [syn:  {cervid}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Deer,  AR 
  Zip  code(s):  72628 




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