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Rated: E · Book · Educational · #2105953
One hundred facts that are interesting but ultimately useless.
#904978 added February 19, 2017 at 2:03pm
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"Reindeer"
"Reindeer"
- etymology -

The word "deer" (from Old English "deor") originally referred not specifically to the antlered cervid, but instead to any wild animal. Foxes, mice, fish, and even ants would fall under the umbrella of a "deor".

"Reindeer" derives from "deor" and "hreinn" (from Proto-Germanic, meaning "horned animal"), making a reindeer a "horned animal animal."


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