Stag

The reason why a stag symbolises Christ is from the superstition that it draws serpents by its breath from their holes, and then tramples them to death. (See Pliny: Nat. Hist., viii. 50.)

Stag in Christian art.
The attribute of St. Julian Hospitaller, St. Felix of Valois, and St. Aidan. When it has a crucifix between its horns it alludes to the legendary tale of St. Hubert. When luminous it belongs to St. Eustachius.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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