What is a deer?

What is a deer? Here are some definitions.

  1. A ruminant mammal with antlers and hooves of the family Cervidae, or one of several similar animals from related families of the order Artiodactyla.
  2. (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. (obsolete, especially in the phrase "small deer") An animal, especially a quadrupedal mammal, as opposed to a bird, fish, etc.
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In this way the barking deer leads the tiger on and on through the jungle from bush to bush.
A worn couch sitting squarely before a wood veneer wall, accented by the head of a deer.
Bucking and running into the forest, the deer collapsed dead in a litter of leaves.
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But there were no vast swards nor pleasure-grounds nor Parks of antlered deer in Cherryvale.
It has been occasionally recorded in an axis deer, and in another species, Cariacus superciliaris.

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