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Meaning of DEER

Pronunciation:  deer

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers

DEER is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: cervid
 See Also: Alces alces, American elk, antler, barking deer, brocket, burro deer, Capreolus capreolus, caribou, Cervidae, Cervus canadensis, Cervus elaphus, Cervus nipon, Cervus sika, Cervus unicolor, Dama dama, elaphure, Elaphurus davidianus, elk, European elk, fallow deer, family Cervidae, fawn, flag, Greenland caribou, Japanese deer, moose, Moschus moschiferus, mule deer, muntjac, musk deer, Odocoileus hemionus, Odocoileus Virginianus, pere david's deer, pricket, Rangifer tarandus, red deer, reindeer, roe deer, ruminant, sambar, sambur, scut, sika, Virginia deer, wapiti, white tail, whitetail, whitetail deer, white-tailed deer, withers



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Deer\ (d[=e]r), n. sing. & pl. [OE. der, deor, animal,
wild animal, AS. de['o]r; akin to D. dier, OFries. diar, G.
thier, tier, Icel. d[=y]r, Dan. dyr, Sw. djur, Goth. dius; of
unknown origin. [root]71.]
1. Any animal; especially, a wild animal. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

         Mice and rats, and such small deer.   --Shak.

         The camel, that great deer.           --Lindisfarne

2. (Zo["o]l.) A ruminant of the genus {Cervus}, of many
   species, and of related genera of the family {Cervid[ae]}.
   The males, and in some species the females, have solid
   antlers, often much branched, which are shed annually.
   Their flesh, for which they are hunted, is called venison.

Note: The deer hunted in England is {Cervus elaphus}, called
      also stag or red deer; the fallow deer is {C. dama};
      the common American deer is {C. Virginianus}; the
      blacktailed deer of Western North America is {C.
      Columbianus}; and the mule deer of the same region is
      {C. macrotis}. See {Axis}, {Fallow deer}, {Mule deer},

Note: Deer is much used adjectively, or as the first part of
      a compound; as, deerkiller, deerslayer, deerslaying,
      deer hunting, deer stealing, deerlike, etc.

{Deer mouse} (Zo["o]l.), the white-footed mouse ({Hesperomys
   leucopus}) of America.

{Small deer}, petty game, not worth pursuing; -- used
   metaphorically. (See citation from Shakespeare under the
   first definition, above.) ``Minor critics . . . can find
   leisure for the chase of such small deer.'' --G. P. Marsh.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a deer in your dream, symbolizes grace, gentleness, and natural beauty. It has feminine qualities and may point to the feminine aspect within yourself. It also represents independence and virility. Consider the symbol to be a pun for someone who is "dear" to you. If the deer is black, then it means that you are not acknowledging or are rejected the feminine qualities in you. You may not be in tune with your feminine side. Dreaming that you kill a dear, suggests that you are trying to suppress those feminine qualities.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: antelope, buck, camel, camelopard, Cape elk, caribou, deerlet, doe, dromedary, eland, elk, fallow deer, fawn, gazelle, giraffe, gnu, hart, hartebeest, hind, kaama, moose, mule deer, musk deer, okapi, red deer, reindeer, roe, roe deer, roebuck, springbok, stag, Virginia deer, wildebeest