From Middle English deere, dere, der, dier, deor, from Old English dēor ("animal"), from Proto-West Germanic *deuʀ, from Proto-Germanic *deuzą, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewsóm, from *dʰéws, full-grade derivative of *dʰwes-.
Cognate with Scots dere, deir, North Frisian dier, West Frisian dier, Dutch dier, German Low German Deer, Deert, German Tier, Swedish djur, Norwegian dyr, Icelandic dýr.
Related also to Albanian dash (possibly), Lithuanian daũsos, Lithuanian dùsti, Russian душа́, Lithuanian dvėsti, Sanskrit ध्वंसति.
For the semantic development compare Latin animālis, from anima.
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