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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Bucking and running into the forest, the deer collapsed dead in a litter of leaves.
He is called the barking deer, because he can bark or yap almost like a dog.
In this way the barking deer leads the tiger on and on through the jungle from bush to bush.
It has been occasionally recorded in an axis deer, and in another species, Cariacus superciliaris.
That agrimony leaves will cure cattle suffering from coughs, and that wounded deer use this same herb to heal their hurts.
He arranged a plan, but his friends would not await the blue-jay's 'all-right' note, and the deer escaped.

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