[ shev-ruh-teyn, -tin ]
/ ˈʃɛv rəˌteɪn, -tɪn /
any very small, deerlike ruminant of the family Tragulidae, of Africa, tropical Asia, the Malay Peninsula, etc.
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Also called mouse deer.
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British Dictionary definitions for chevrotain
/ (ˈʃɛvrəˌteɪn, -tɪn) /
any small timid ruminant artiodactyl mammal of the genera Tragulus and Hyemoschus, of S and SE Asia: family Tragulidae. They resemble rodents, and the males have long tusklike upper caninesAlso called: mouse deer
Word Origin for chevrotain
C18: from French, from Old French chevrot kid, from chèvre goat, from Latin capra, feminine of caper goat
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