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[hahrt] /hɑrt/
noun, plural harts (especially collectively) hart.
a male deer, commonly of the red deer, Cervus elaphus, especially after its fifth year.
Origin of hart
before 900; Middle English hert, Old English heorot; cognate with Dutch hert, German Hirsch, Old Norse hjǫrtr; akin to Latin cervus stag, Greek kórys helmet, crest
Can be confused
hart, heart. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for harts


noun (pl) harts, hart
the male of the deer, esp the red deer aged five years or more
Word Origin
Old English heorot; related to Old Norse hjörtr, Old High German hiruz hart, Latin cervus stag, Lithuanian kárve cow; see horn


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Word Origin and History for harts



Old English heorot "hart, stag, male deer," from Proto-Germanic *herut- (cf. Old Saxon hirot, Old Frisian and Dutch hert "stag, deer," Old High German hiruz, Old Norse hjörtr, German Hirsch "deer, stag, hart"), perhaps from PIE root *ker- "horn" (see horn (n.)). Now, a male deer after its fifth year.

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harts in the Bible

(Heb. 'ayal), a stag or male deer. It is ranked among the clean animals (Deut. 12:15; 14:5; 15:22), and was commonly killed for food (1 Kings 4:23). The hart is frequently alluded to in the poetical and prophetical books (Isa. 35:6; Cant. 2:8, 9; Lam. 1:6; Ps. 42:1).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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