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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