Deer

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Description

Any of several types of hoofed ruminant mammals of the family Cervidae including reindeer, elk, caribou, and moose. Male deer and a few females have deciduous antlers. Deer are native to all continents except Australia and Antartica. They have been hunted since prehistoric times for their meat, skin, and antlers.

See also deer glue, deer hair, deerskin and buckskin.

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Synonyms and Related Terms

hjorte (Dan.); Hirsche (Deut.); ciervo (Esp.); cervidés (Fr.); Cervidae (It., Port.); hertachtigen (Ned.); jeleniowate (Pol.); hjortdjur (Sven.);

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "Deer." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2004. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. 29 Apr. 2004 .

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