An adult male deer, especially a red deer over five years old.‘The Arthurian legends are widespread in the Borders and it is claimed that King Arthur's wise counsellor, Merlin the Magician, roamed these slopes in the guise of a hart, the small deer associated with royalty.’
- ‘‘The moose is actually a hart - a male deer - which represents the hart part of Hertfordshire,’ says Tim Beesley, from Berkhamsted, Herts.’
- ‘A small deer sipped from a pond of clear water, the hart surprisingly not running as Rick rose and approached like deer tend to.’
- ‘These men, according to Ramon Lull, author of the 13 th-century Libre del Ordre de Cavayleria, should exercise by hunting the hart, the boar and the wolf.’
- ‘My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.’
Old English heorot, heort, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hert and German Hirsch.
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