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 Dictionary entry overview: What does deer mean? 

DEER (noun)
  The noun DEER has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: DEER used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DEER (noun)

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Distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers

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Nouns denoting animals


cervid; deer

Hypernyms ("deer" is a kind of...):

ruminant (any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments)

Meronyms (parts of "deer"):

antler (deciduous horn of a member of the deer family)

scut (a short erect tail)

flag (a conspicuously marked or shaped tail)

withers (the highest part of the back at the base of the neck of various animals especially draft animals)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "deer"):

elaphure; Elaphurus davidianus; pere david's deer (large Chinese deer surviving only in domesticated herds)

Moschus moschiferus; musk deer (small heavy-limbed upland deer of central Asia; male secretes valued musk)

barking deer; muntjac (small Asian deer with small antlers and a cry like a bark)

brocket (small South American deer with unbranched antlers)

caribou; Greenland caribou; Rangifer tarandus; reindeer (arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called 'reindeer' in Eurasia and 'caribou' in North America)

Capreolus capreolus; roe deer (small graceful deer of Eurasian woodlands having small forked antlers)

Dama dama; fallow deer (small Eurasian deer)

Alces alces; elk; European elk; moose (large northern deer with enormous flattened antlers in the male; called 'elk' in Europe and 'moose' in North America)

burro deer; mule deer; Odocoileus hemionus (long-eared deer of western North America with two-pronged antlers)

Odocoileus Virginianus; Virginia deer; white tail; white-tailed deer; whitetail; whitetail deer (common North American deer; tail has a white underside)

Cervus nipon; Cervus sika; Japanese deer; sika (small deer of Japan with slightly forked antlers)

American elk; Cervus canadensis; wapiti (large North American deer with large much-branched antlers)

Cervus unicolor; sambar; sambur (a deer of southern Asia with antlers that have three tines)

Cervus elaphus; red deer (common deer of temperate Europe and Asia)

fawn (young deer)

pricket (male deer in his second year)

Holonyms ("deer" is a member of...):

Cervidae; family Cervidae (deer: reindeer; moose or elks; muntjacs; roe deer)

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