Either of two small deer (Capreolus capreolus of Europe and southwest Asia or C. pygargus of Central and East Asia), having a brownish coat, a black nose, and three- to four-tined antlers in the male.
Origin of roe deerMiddle English ro, the roe deer Capreolus capreolus, from Old English rā, rāha.
(plural roe deer)
- attributive form of roe deer, noun.
Variant of roe
- fish eggs, esp. when still massed in the ovarian membrane
- the swollen ovaries or expelled eggs of certain crustaceans, as the coral of a lobster
Origin of roeMiddle English rowe, rowne, akin to (or ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ) Old Norse hrogn, akin to Old High German rogo ; from Indo-European base an unverified form krek- from source Latvian kukulis, frog's eggs