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roe deer

a small, agile Old World deer, Capreolus capreolus, the male of which has three-pointed antlers.
Also called roe.
Origin of roe deer
before 1000; Old English rāhdēor (not recorded in ME) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He listened for wolves or foxes, but heard none; he kept his eyes aware for the track of roe-deer or bear, but vainly.

    Frey and His Wife Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • I remember that once, when I was a little boy, I got a roe-deer as a present.

  • All other animals of the deer kind are inconstant in their amours, but the roe-deer never forsake each other.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume VI (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
  • He tamed leverets and partridges, and little birds, and hares, and roe-deer.

  • Wilhelm Bischoff of Munich: works on the history of the development of the rabbit, dog, guinea-pig, roe-deer.

    The Last Link Ernst Haeckel
  • Our objects that day were boar and roe-deer; but presently a partridge was descried sprinting up the rugged screes above.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • So they went forth into the wood, and shot hares and roe-deer, birds and wood-pigeons, and any other game they came across.

  • Possibly the increase of rabbits has tended to reduce the number of roe-deer, by diminishing their food supply.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • There are from 60-100 in the cow and sheep, but only about five or six in the roe-deer.

  • Black game and roe-deer abound in these woods, and may often be observed near the margin of the loch.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
British Dictionary definitions for roe-deer

roe deer

a small graceful deer, Capreolus capreolus, of woodlands of Europe and Asia. The antlers are small and the summer coat is reddish-brown
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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