A deer is a four-legged, hoofed animal with antlers. Disney’s Bambi is a famous deer. There are deer all over the world, but American deer are light brown, and are often found nibbling on plants at dusk.

The main thing that distinguishes deer from other horned animals, like antelope, is that deer shed their antlers once a year and grow new ones. A female deer, called a "doe," has smaller antlers than the male, or "buck." The Old English root of deer, deor, means "beast" or "animal," and was originally used generally to refer to all four-legged wild animals.

Definitions of deer

n distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers

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male deer in his second year
a young deer
American elk, Cervus elaphus, elk, red deer, wapiti
common deer of temperate Europe and Asia
Cervus unicolor, sambar, sambur
a deer of southern Asia with antlers that have three tines
American elk, Cervus elaphus canadensis, elk, wapiti
large North American deer with large much-branched antlers in the male
Cervus nipon, Cervus sika, Japanese deer, sika
small deer of Japan with slightly forked antlers
Odocoileus Virginianus, Virginia deer, white tail, white-tailed deer, whitetail, whitetail deer
common North American deer; tail has a white underside
Odocoileus hemionus, burro deer, mule deer
long-eared deer of western North America with two-pronged antlers
Alces alces, European elk, elk, moose
large northern deer with enormous flattened antlers in the male; called `elk' in Europe and `moose' in North America
Dama dama, fallow deer
small Eurasian deer
Capreolus capreolus, roe deer
small graceful deer of Eurasian woodlands having small forked antlers
Greenland caribou, Rangifer tarandus, caribou, reindeer
Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called `reindeer' in Eurasia and `caribou' in North America
small South American deer with unbranched antlers
barking deer, muntjac
small Asian deer with small antlers and a cry like a bark
Moschus moschiferus, musk deer
small heavy-limbed upland deer of central Asia; male secretes valued musk
Elaphurus davidianus, elaphure, pere david's deer
large Chinese deer surviving only in domesticated herds
hart, stag
a male deer, especially an adult male red deer
a female deer, especially an adult female red deer
male red deer in its second year
Odocoileus hemionus columbianus, black-tailed deer, blacktail, blacktail deer
mule deer of western Rocky Mountains
male roe deer
Rangifer caribou, woodland caribou
any of several large caribou living in coniferous forests of southern Canada; in some classifications included in the species Rangifer tarandus
Rangifer arcticus, barren ground caribou
of tundra of northern Canada; in some classifications included in the species Rangifer tarandus
Type of:
any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments

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