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Père David's deer

[pair dah-veedz, pair dey-vidz] /ˈpɛər dɑˈvidz, ˌpɛər ˈdeɪ vɪdz/
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 of Père David's deer
1895-1900; named after Père Armand David (1826-1900), French missionary, the deer's first European observer Unabridged
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Père David's deer

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