|a large deer, Cervus elaphus, formerly widely distributed in the woodlands of Europe and Asia. The coat is reddish brown in summer and the short tail is surrounded by a patch of light-coloured hair|
|1.||a town in S Alberta on the Red Deer River: trade centre for mixed farming, dairying region, and natural gas processing. Pop: 67 707 (2001)|
|2.||a river in W Canada, in SW Alberta, flowing southeast into the South Saskatchewan River. Length: about 620 km (385 miles)|
|3.||a river in W Canada, flowing east through Red Deer Lake into Lake Winnipegosis. Length: about 225 km (140 miles)|
city, central Alberta, Canada, on the Red Deer River, midway between Calgary (90 miles [145 km] south) and Edmonton. Original settlement began around a ford where the trail from Calgary to Edmonton crossed the river (Red Deer Crossing), a few miles west of the present site. In 1891 the railway reached the river, and a community developed around the railway station. It grew as a processing and distribution centre for dairy produce; oil and gas wells are in the vicinity, and there is planned industrial development. Red Deer College was established in 1964. The city is a gateway to the Sylvan Lake resort area, and the Gaetz Lakes are in the city. Inc. city, 1913. Pop. (1991) 58,134.
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