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muntjac

or muntjak

[muhnt-jak] /ˈmʌnt dʒæk/
noun
1.
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.
2.
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
1790-1800; (< D) < Sundanese mənyčək a kind of chevrotain; reason for subsequent application to this deer uncertain
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  • The men assured us that there were sambur, serow, and muntjac in the neighborhood, and they agreed to hunt.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
  • Before we reached them Harry appeared, smiling all over, and dragging a muntjac (Muntiacus) by the fore legs.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
  • On the way Heller, who was in front, saw two muntjac standing in the grass on an open hillside, and shot the leader.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
  • We hoped that this muntjac was going to prove a "good joss," but instead a disappointing day was in store for us.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
  • Heller shot three muntjac at Hui-yao, besides the doe which he killed on the first day.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
British Dictionary definitions for muntjac

muntjac

/ˈmʌntˌdʒæk/
noun
1.
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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