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[muhnt-jak] /ˈmʌnt dʒæk/
any of various small deer of the genus Muntiacus, of southern and eastern Asia and the adjacent islands, especially M. muntjac, of Java, India, etc., having well-developed horns on bony pedicels.
any of the small deer of the related genus Elaphodus, of China and Tibet, having minute horns.
Also called barking deer.
Origin of muntjac
1790-1800; (< D) < Sundanese mənyčək a kind of chevrotain; reason for subsequent application to this deer uncertain Unabridged
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  • There were no significant differences in the densities of nilgai, wild pig and muntjac in the three habitat types examined.
British Dictionary definitions for muntjac


any small Asian deer of the genus Muntiacus, typically having a chestnut-brown coat, small antlers, and a barklike cry Also called barking deer
Word Origin
C18: probably changed from Javanese mindjangan deer
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