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deer

[deer] /dɪər/
noun, plural deer (occasionally) deers.
1.
any of several ruminants of the family Cervidae, most of the males of which have solid, deciduous antlers.
2.
any of the smaller species of this family, as distinguished from the moose, elk, etc.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English der, Old English dēor beast; akin to Gothic dius beast, Old High German tior
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Examples for deers
  • Its of a wilderness landscape with a couple of stags for the focal point and deers.
  • So the deers look all lopsided, and the frogs have huge heads.
  • It is true for yeast in culture, it is true for deers, it is true for humans.
British Dictionary definitions for deers

deer

/dɪə/
noun (pl) deer, deers
1.
any ruminant artiodactyl mammal of the family Cervidae, including reindeer, elk, muntjacs, and roe deer, typically having antlers in the male related adjective cervine
2.
(in N Canada) another name for caribou
Word Origin
Old English dēor beast; related to Old High German tior wild beast, Old Norse dӯr
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Word Origin and History for deers

deer

n.

Old English deor "animal, beast," from Proto-Germanic *deuzam, the general Germanic word for "animal" (as opposed to man), but often restricted to "wild animal" (cf. Old Frisian diar, Dutch dier, Old Norse dyr, Old High German tior, German Tier "animal," Gothic dius "wild animal," also cf. reindeer), from PIE *dheusom "creature that breathes," from root *dheu- (1) "cloud, breath" (cf. Lithuanian dusti "gasp," dvesti "gasp, perish;" Old Church Slavonic dychati "breathe").

For prehistoric sense development, cf. Latin animal from anima "breath"). Sense specialization to a specific animal began in Old English (usual Old English for what we now call a deer was heorot; see hart), common by 15c., now complete. Probably via hunting, deer being the favorite animal of the chase (cf. Sanskrit mrga- "wild animal," used especially for "deer"). Deer-lick is first attested 1778, in an American context.

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Related Abbreviations for deers

DEERS

Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System
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