pere david's deer

Père David's deer

[pair dah-veedz, pair dey-vidz]
noun
a medium-sized, reddish-gray deer, Elaphurus davidianus, of which stocks were obtained in Peking in 1865 and brought to parks in Europe before the remaining Chinese deer were killed in 1900: the species is sustained in captivity.

Origin:
1895–1900; named after Père Armand David (1826–1900), French missionary, the deer's first European observer

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Père David's deer
 
n
a large grey deer, Elaphurus davidianus, surviving only in captivity as descendants of a herd preserved in the Imperial hunting park near Beijing
 
[C20: named after Father A. David (died 1900), French missionary]

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