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A doll is created which looks like a human and is kept near or among crops in the farm to keep animals like deer away.

I don't know what it is called in English.


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closed as general reference by RegDwigнt Jun 27 '12 at 23:16

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

If it is a scarecrow, it would be more appropriate to use the word "doll" than "statue", as "statue" seems to imply a esthetic concern on the making of it – Tames Jun 18 '12 at 13:17
it could be a statue though, if it has a symbolic/spiritual meaning, some cultures make use of figures like this – Tames Jun 18 '12 at 13:56
An inukshuk is a pile of stones made in a human shape. It serves various functions, but one is to herd caribou. It's not quite what you're asking, but it is more like a statue than a scarecrow is. See en.wiktionary.org/wiki/inukshuk – JAM Jun 18 '12 at 14:00
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This human-like object is called scarecrow.

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From your link: "A scarecrow is, essentially, a decoy. Traditionally, it is a human figure (or mannequin) dressed in old clothes and placed in fields by farmers to discourage birds such as crows or sparrows from disturbing and feeding on recently cast seed and growing crops." (my emphasis). The OP mentioned scaring deer away, which I doubt a scarecrow would do. – Roaring Fish Jun 18 '12 at 13:14
It seems that decoy is a more broad term, but "scarecrow" isn't necessarily wrong if in usage this term turned out to be "a device to protect fields from damage of animals". As far as I'm concerned, some objects end up being called "scarecrow" even thought they don't resemble human figures. Just some thoughts. – Tames Jun 18 '12 at 13:23

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