A female deer is a doe.
A deer that you see when you are out walking in the woods that has no antlers is a female, which is an example of a doe.
nounpl. does or
Origin of doeMiddle English do from Old English da, akin to Alemannic te from Indo-European base an unverified form dome-, tame
nounpl. doe, or does
- A female deer.
- The female of various other mammals, such as antelopes, kangaroos, mice, or rabbits.
Origin of doeMiddle English do from Old English dā
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From Middle English do, from Old English dā (“female deer”), from Proto-Germanic *dajjǭ (“female deer, mother deer”), from Proto-Germanic *dajjaną (“to suckle”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰēy- (“to suck (milk), to suckle”). Cognate with Scots da, dae (“female deer”), Alemannic German tē (“doe”), Danish då (“deer, doe”), Sanskrit धेनुः (dhénā, “cow, milk-cow”), Old English dēon (“to suckle”), Old English delu (“teat”). Related also to fellatio, filial, fetus.