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deer

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
fallow deer
roe deer
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
fallow
▪ We have 300 water deer and 100 fallow deer.
red
▪ The farms below become dots as you climb and heather, alpine plants and red deer now mark you progress.
▪ Thus, bull elephant seals and red deer stags are big, armed, and dangerous.
▪ There are 4,000-6,000 red deer in Devon and Somerset; 1,000 need to be culled annually for a stable population.
▪ It was hardly the romantic image of red deer!
▪ The tracks show a gentle canter, no wild chase after red deer.
▪ The roaring and parallel walks of the red deer may be safe trials of strength.
▪ In the Zirgana mountains large red deer softly returned their gaze from an apprehensive distance.
▪ Tim Clutton-Brock and Steve Albon played tape-recordings of red deer roars to a real stag.
small
▪ She stepped into a clearing and a small herd of deer on the far edge raised their heads to watch her.
▪ As I looked down at Maria, I remembered the small deer I had wounded as a boy.
▪ Suddenly a small group of deer moves past the lime trees quietly.
▪ The Trunchbull started advancing slow and soft-footed upon Rupert in the manner of a tigress stalking a small deer.
▪ Suddenly a small group of deer jump out from the other side of a hedge.
▪ Father was sitting cross-legged by the remains of a fire on which he had roasted the leg of a small deer.
wild
▪ To its rear is a gate leading directly to the Palace through the Royal Park with its free-roaming wild deer.
■ NOUN
park
▪ The boundaries of the medieval deer park which gave the village its name will be examined.
▪ One outstanding local example was the Broyle in Ringmer, 2000 acres of scrub and clay mire, an old deer park.
▪ It has a deer park around it and a really pretty church virtually in the back yard.
▪ The most picturesque approach to Kyburg castle is through the Eschenberg forest, past the Bruderhaus deer park.
▪ Though small it was spacious, with its deer park and Addison's Walk along the bank of the Cherwell.
▪ We reached a deer park almost on the Point but unfortunately didn't see any deer.
roe
▪ I often see foxes, roe deer and red squirrels in the conifer plantation there.
▪ Larger numbers of roe deer live near there and Czechoslovakia still has bears and wolves roaming in the wild.
▪ Other animals you might spot in the woodlands are red squirrels and roe deer.
▪ It may be possible at certain times of the day to observe roe deer in adjoining fields. 2.
▪ It may predate larger animals as well as small mammals, with records of prey as large as juvenile foxes and roe deer.
▪ She has hunted wild game, mainly roe deer and moose, and has had little impact on livestock.
▪ The muntjac and roe deer are browsers, living either singly or in very small groups throughout the year in dense woodland.
▪ A roe deer came down into reeds opposite to munch at green stuff.
■ VERB
catch
▪ Deer trail fresh, maybe catch deer along blowpipe.
▪ Wildfowl, such as ducks and geese, were caught, and deer, boar and hares were hunted.
hunt
▪ There was a lot of shooting and fishing and hunting of deer.
▪ Mark deployed his vivid imagination in a wild-child narrative to create a boy who hunts deer, bears, and birds.
▪ The Qawrighul people hunted deer, wild sheep and birds, and fished.
▪ In autumn they hunted deer on Joseph Creek on their return.
kill
▪ In 1850 therefore the deer were officially banished, and in five years they had all been killed off.
▪ I will go into the forest and kill a deer for you.
▪ Nobody was killed by a panicked deer or a stray arrow to spoil her happiness.
see
▪ We reached a deer park almost on the Point but unfortunately didn't see any deer.
▪ I am flabbergasted, having only seen deer as the shyest of animals.
▪ I often see foxes, roe deer and red squirrels in the conifer plantation there.
▪ I saw fresh moose and deer trails leading from the forest below into this new feeding ground.
▪ Quiet and observant walkers may see red deer along this particular stretch.
▪ I heard wild turkeys gobbling and saw white-tailed deer.
▪ They're deer-stealers - I saw a dead deer in their car.
▪ We saw no deer all week.
shoot
▪ Along the way we noticed young pine trees with cloth wrapped around the top shoots to stop deer eating them.
▪ You and your son had just shot a deer.
▪ I suspected that some one was shooting deer, which are feared to transmit foot and mouth disease.
▪ We had not done the right thing when we shot the deer.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
like a rabbit/deer caught in headlights
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A deer makes tracks in the snow.
▪ I heard wild turkeys gobbling and saw white-tailed deer.
▪ It is framed by gentle hills that look down on oak groves that abound with deer, bobcats and golden eagles.
▪ Normally he's in charge of the deer, but all the staff double as guides.
▪ The Qawrighul people hunted deer, wild sheep and birds, and fished.
▪ They're deer-stealers - I saw a dead deer in their car.
▪ We still have lots of deer, very little water and not many open spaces.
Wikipedia

Deer

Deer (singular and plural) are the ruminant mammals forming the familyCervidae. The two main groups are the Cervinae, including the muntjac, the fallow deer and the chital, and the Capreolinae, including the reindeer (caribou), the Western roe deer, and the Eurasian elk (moose). Female reindeer, and male deer of all species (except the Chinese water deer), grow and shed new antlers each year. In this they differ from permanently horned antelope, which are in the same order, Artiodactyla.

The musk deer of Asia and water chevrotain (or mouse deer) of tropical African and Asian forests are not usually regarded as true deer and form their own families: Moschidae and Tragulidae, respectively.

Deer appear in art from Palaeolithic cave paintings onwards, and they have played a role in mythology, religion, and literature throughout history, as well as in heraldry. Their economic importance includes the use of their meat as venison, their skins as soft, strong buckskin, and their antlers as handles for knives. Deer hunting has been a popular sport since at least the Middle Ages, and remains an important business today.

Deer (disambiguation)

Deer are the ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae. Deer may also refer to:

Deer (surname)

Deer is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Ada Deer (born 1935), Native American leader
  • Brian Deer (21st century), British investigative reporter
  • Gary Mule Deer (21st century), American comedian
  • Gene Deer (21st century), American blues guitarist
  • George Deer (1890-1974), British politician
  • James Young Deer (died 1946), Native American film actor
  • Rob Deer (born 1960), American baseball player
  • Laurence Deer (born 1990), English digital marketing pioneer

Deer (given name)

Deer is a Native American given name. Notable people with the name include:

  • Dick Deer Slayer (20th century), Native American football player
  • Susan Deer Cloud (born 1950), Native American writer
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Deer

Deer \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]7

  1. ] 1. Any animal; especially, a wild animal. [Obs.]
    --Chaucer.

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

    The camel, that great deer.
    --Lindisfarne MS.

  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 Cervus dama; the common American deer is Cervus Virginianus; the blacktailed deer of Western North America is Cervus Columbianus; and the mule deer of the same region is Cervus macrotis. See Axis, Fallow deer, Mule deer, Reindeer.

    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 ( Peromyscus leucopus, formerly 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

deer

Old English deor "animal, beast," from Proto-Germanic *deuzam, the general Germanic word for "animal" (as opposed to man), but often restricted to "wild animal" (cognates: Old Frisian diar, Dutch dier, Old Norse dyr, Old High German tior, German Tier "animal," Gothic dius "wild animal," also see reindeer), from PIE *dheusom "creature that breathes," from root *dheu- (1) "cloud, breath" (cognates: Lithuanian dusti "gasp," dvesti "gasp, perish;" Old Church Slavonic dychati "breathe").\n

\nFor prehistoric sense development, compare Latin animal from anima "breath"). Sense specialization to a specific animal began in Old English (usual Old English for what we now call a deer was heorot; see hart), common by 15c., now complete. Probably via hunting, deer being the favorite animal of the chase (compare Sanskrit mrga- "wild animal," used especially for "deer"). Deer-lick is first attested 1778, in an American context.

Wiktionary

deer

n. 1 A ruminant mammal with antlers and hoof of the family ''Cervidae'', or one of several similar animals from related families of the order ''Artiodactyla''. 2 (lb en in particular) One of the smaller animals of this family, distinguished from a ''moose'' or ''elk''. 3 The meat of such an animal; venison. 4 (context obsolete especially in the phrase "small deer" English) A beast, especially a quadruped and especially a mammal, as opposed to a bird, fish, etc.

WordNet

deer

n. distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers [syn: cervid]

Gazetteer

Usage examples of "deer".

A hogshead of ale was abroach under an oak, and a fire was blazing in an open space before the trees to roast the fat deer which the foresters brought.

Tapirs, deer, agouti and other game fell before his arrows, until he had accumulated enough to supply the cabin for weeks to come.

With a deer rib bone whose end she had hollowed out to make a small depression, she fed him the agrimony concentration in small sips sometime near midnight.

Startled, the deer sprang away on slender legs and Alec set off to see what he could forage.

Again the swift coureurs de bois, half-savage in their ambassadorship of the woods, follow the traces of the most ancient roadmakers, the buffalo and deer, and the voyageurs carry their boats across the portage places.

There was always deer sausage on the stove, and a gumbo full of oysters, shrimp, crabmeat, chicken, Andouille sausage would brim green bubbling.

I hae a deer I gie them twa shots, ane for the deer and ane for mysell.

I finished mounting antennas, rain gauge, wind vane, and anemometer on the roof of our control tower, it looked more like some scientific outpost than a deer blind.

A deer is seen in Tro-Cortesianus 92d seated on a mat opposite a female figure in the same manner as the armadillo on the same page and a dog on the preceding page.

Mai, they herded cattle on the grasslands and pigs in the patches of woodland that stood between the fields, and the young men of the tribe hunted boar and deer and aurochs and bear and wolf in the wild woods that had now been pressed back beyond the temples.

Frequently, too, snares for deer are set in suitable places along the barrier, and while the snares are made of babiche the loops are kept open with blades of grass.

In the distance, she saw several on the river fishing, while two more crossed the bateau bridge, carrying a slain deer on a pole between them.

On the dais was a throne of carven ivory, and above it a canopy of baudekin of the goodliest fashion, and there was a foot-carpet before it, wrought with beasts and the hunting of the deer.

Tip reached the bayberry bush, paused to yap once at her master, and then wriggled through the bush and after the deer.

Rennie arrived in Pendleton on September 23, 1933the same year that the Kicking Deers lost a child they believed had become the Umatilla Wolf Boy.