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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEER

Deer, Angora goats, hares, and trout have been also introduced.

Suppose that you are taking a trip in the mountains and you have seen a deer.

Deer came at night to feed on the lily buds on the lake borders.

She lay looking at me like a deer that I had shot, waiting for me to plunge in the knife.

She's as graceful as a deer, and I'm sure she'll run as fast as any of them.

We often went after wood, and occasionally we knocked over a deer.

The salt lake gave us its fish, the wood its deer, and the air its birds.

Perhaps he wounded the deer with the first shot and the animal had fallen.

And at short range they're calculated to bring down a deer like fun.

He asked why his hounds should not be allowed to hunt the deer.

WORD ORIGIN

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" (cf. Old Frisian diar, Dutch dier, Old Norse dyr, Old High German tior, German Tier "animal," Gothic dius "wild animal," also cf. reindeer), from PIE *dheusom "creature that breathes," from root *dheu- (1) "cloud, breath" (cf. Lithuanian dusti "gasp," dvesti "gasp, perish;" Old Church Slavonic dychati "breathe").

For prehistoric sense development, cf. 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 (cf. Sanskrit mrga- "wild animal," used especially for "deer"). Deer-lick is first attested 1778, in an American context.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DEER

ungulate

nounhoofed animal
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