- a small, reddish deer, Cervus nippon, native to eastern Asia: most populations are endangered.
Origin of sika
1890–95; < Japanese, equivalent to si- (perhaps akin to sisi boar, game) + ka deer
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On the mainland of Manchuria both the typical sika, and a larger race (C. sika manchuricus), occur.
Sika means to appear, and is used chiefly of supernatural beings; kundru means to grunt or grumble.The Fijians
Nasimovich considered that roe deer and sika deer could be taken by wolves when snow was not more than 30 cm.
In Japan there is an intermediate form in Cervus sika which has no bez-tine.Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon
Robert A. Sterndale
- 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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