chevrotain

chevrotain

[shev-ruh-teyn, -tin]
noun
any very small, deerlike ruminant of the family Tragulidae, of Africa, tropical Asia, the Malay Peninsula, etc.
Also called mouse deer.


Origin:
< French, apparently Buffon's alteration of chevrotin roe deer under the age of six months, equivalent to Middle French chevrot kid (chevre goat (see chevon) + -ot diminutive suffix) + -in -ine1

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chevrotain (ˈʃɛvrəˌteɪn, -tɪn)
 
n
Also called: mouse deer any small timid ruminant artiodactyl mammal of the genera Tragulus and Hyemoschus, of S and SE Asia: family Tragulidae. They resemble rodents, and the males have long tusklike upper canines
 
[C18: from French, from Old French chevrot kid, from chèvre goat, from Latin capra, feminine of caper goat]

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