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white-tailed deer

or whitetail deer

[hwahyt-teyld, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌteɪld, ˈwaɪt-/
a common North American deer, Odocoileus virginianus, having a tail with a white underside.
Also called whitetail.
Origin of white-tailed deer
1840-50, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In large enclosures, the white-tailed deer is hardy and prolific, and when fairly cooked its flesh is a great delicacy.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • The game most commonly met with were the black-tailed and white-tailed deer.

  • Their natural habitat is usually higher mountains, and even the treeless breaks where no white-tailed deer are to be found.

    Tracks and Tracking Josef Brunner
  • More than that, the species has crossed with the white-tailed deer of the Island.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • The best wild animal to furnish a serious food supply is the white-tailed deer.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • This is partially true of white-tailed deer, or it was up to the time of great slaughter.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • The most familiar species is the common American deer, of which the Virginia or white-tailed deer is the type.

  • Each preserve now contains a nucleus herd of white-tailed deer, some of them imported from northern Michigan.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • The white-tailed deer, javalin, jaguar, and puma are still abundant in suitable habitats.

  • This preserve contains a large herd of bison (86 head), elk, white-tailed deer, wild boar and much smaller game.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
British Dictionary definitions for white-tailed deer

white-tailed deer

a deer, Odocoileus virginianus, of North America and N South America: the coat varies in colour, being typically reddish-brown in the summer, and the tail is white Also called Virginia deer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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