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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On her first big hunt with the Divas, as she calls them, she bagged not one, but two deer.
Bucking and running into the forest, the deer collapsed dead in a litter of leaves.
Many kinds of deer are there, to be preyed upon by man or beast, from the pretty little gyi or barking deer to the lordly sambur.

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