musk deer

musk deer

noun
a small, hornless deer, Moschus moschiferus, of central Asia, the male of which secretes musk: now rare.

Origin:
1675–85

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musk deer
 
n
a small central Asian mountain deer, Moschus moschiferus. The male has long tusklike canine teeth and secretes musk

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musk deer

(species Moschus moschiferus), small, compact deer, family Cervidae (order Artiodactyla). A solitary, shy animal, the musk deer lives in mountainous regions from Siberia to the Himalayas. It has large ears, a very short tail, no antlers and, unlike all other deer, a gall bladder. Grayish brown, with long, coarse, brittle hair, the musk deer stands 50-60 cm (20-24 inches) at the shoulder, slightly higher at the rump. The male has long upper canine teeth that project downward from the mouth as tusks and has a musk-producing organ, the musk pod, on its abdomen. The musk from this organ is valued for use in perfumes and soaps.

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