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 for Cervus Virginianus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deer \Deer\ (d[=e]r), n. sing. & pl. [OE. der, deor, animal,
     wild animal, AS. de['o]r; akin to D. dier, OFries. diar, G.
     thier, tier, Icel. d[=y]r, Dan. dyr, Sw. djur, Goth. dius; of
     unknown origin. [root]71.]
     1. Any animal; especially, a wild animal. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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              Mice and rats, and such small deer.   --Shak.
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              The camel, that great deer.           --Lindisfarne
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     2. (Zool.) A ruminant of the genus Cervus, of many species,
        and of related genera of the family Cervid[ae]. The
        males, and in some species the females, have solid
        antlers, often much branched, which are shed annually.
        Their flesh, for which they are hunted, is called
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     Note: The deer hunted in England is Cervus elaphus, called
           also stag or red deer; the fallow deer is Cervus
           dama; the common American deer is Cervus
           Virginianus; the blacktailed deer of Western North
           America is Cervus Columbianus; and the mule deer of
           the same region is Cervus macrotis. See Axis,
           Fallow deer, Mule deer, Reindeer.
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     Note: Deer is much used adjectively, or as the first part of
           a compound; as, deerkiller, deerslayer, deerslaying,
           deer hunting, deer stealing, deerlike, etc.
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     Deer mouse (Zool.), the white-footed mouse ({Peromyscus
        leucopus, formerly Hesperomys leucopus) of America.
     Small deer, petty game, not worth pursuing; -- used
        metaphorically. (See citation from Shakespeare under the
        first definition, above.) "Minor critics . . . can find
        leisure for the chase of such small deer." --G. P. Marsh.
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