muntjak

muntjac

[muhnt-jak]
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, muntjak.
Also called barking deer.


Origin:
1790–1800; (< D) < Sundanese mənyčək a kind of chevrotain; reason for subsequent application to this deer uncertain

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muntjac or muntjak (ˈmʌntˌdʒæk)
 
n
Also called: barking deer any small Asian deer of the genus Muntiacus, typically having a chestnut-brown coat, small antlers, and a barklike cry
 
[C18: probably changed from Javanese mindjangan deer]
 
muntjak or muntjak
 
n
 
[C18: probably changed from Javanese mindjangan deer]

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