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Definition of venison (Meaning of venison)
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Venison Ven"i*son (?; 277), n. [OE. veneison, veneson,
	     venison, OF. veneison, F. venaison, L. venatio hunting, the
	     chase, game, fr. venari, p. p. venatus, to hunt; perhaps akin
	     to OHG. weidin?n, weidenen, to pasture, to hunt, G. weide
	     pasturage. Cf. {Gain} to acquire, {Venation}.]
	     1. Beasts of the chase. [Obs.] --Fabyan.
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	     2. Formerly, the flesh of any of the edible beasts of the
	        chase, also of game birds; now, the flesh of animals of
	        the deer kind exclusively.
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	  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
	                                                    MS.
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	     2. (Zo["o]l.) 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
	        {venison}.
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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} (Zo["o]l.), 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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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