a small, reddish deer, Cervus nippon, native to eastern Asia: most populations are endangered.

1890–95; < Japanese, equivalent to si- (perhaps akin to sisi boar, game) + ka deer Unabridged
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sika (ˈsiːkə)
a Japanese forest-dwelling deer, Cervus nippon, having a brown coat, spotted with white in summer, and a large white patch on the rump
[from Japanese shika]

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(species Cervus nippon), gregarious, forest-dwelling deer, family Cervidae (order Artiodactyla), native to eastern Asia. The sika was long considered sacred in Japan and is valued in China for its antlers, which are used in traditional medicine. A small to medium-sized deer, it has a white rump and a white-spotted coat. The male has four-tined antlers.

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In bays and inlets, herds of sika deer take short cuts across the ice.
Sika deer and wild ponies range throughout the park's campgrounds and beaches.
The sika deer bag limit is one sika deer, antlered or antlerless.
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