roe deer

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A roe deer

From Old English rāhdēor (roe deer), corresponding to roe + deer. Cognate with Icelandic rádýr, Swedish rådjur, Danish rådyr.

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roe deer (plural roe deer)

  1. A small, nimble Eurasian deer with short three-pointed antlers, no visible tail, a white rump patch, and a reddish summer coat that turns grey in winter (Capreolus capreolus).
    • 1955, Robin Jenkins, The Cone-Gatherers, Canongate 2012, page 84:
      Frightened by the noises approaching them from the rear, and and apprehensive of the human silence ahead, the five roe deer were halted, their heads high in nervous alertness.

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