Meaning of Père David's deer

Père' Da•vid''s deer'

Pronunciation: (pâr' dä-vēdz', pâr" dā'vidz), [key]
  1. a medium-sized, reddish-gray deer, Elaphurus davidianus, of which stocks were obtained in Peking in 1865 and brought to parks in Europe before the remaining Chinese deer were killed in 1900: the species is sustained in captivity.
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