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musk deer

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

Origin of musk deer

First recorded in 1675–85
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Examples from the Web for musk deer

Historical Examples

  • That the musk-deer was still in advance of them, they had evidence from the imprint of its tracks.

    The Plant Hunters

    Mayne Reid

  • The trail of the musk-deer still continued onward and upward.

  • The Musk-Deer form a distinct family in the order Ruminantia.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • The kantjil (Tragulus javanicus) is a small creature allied to the musk-deer but forming a genus by itself.

  • The Tongusian hunters, to attract the musk-deer, imitate the cry of their young by applying the mouth to a fragment of bark.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

British Dictionary definitions for musk deer

musk deer

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