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chevrotain

[ shev-ruh-teyn, -tin ]
/ ˈʃɛv rəˌteɪn, -tɪn /

noun

any very small, deerlike ruminant of the family Tragulidae, of Africa, tropical Asia, the Malay Peninsula, etc.

Nearby words

chevon, chevra kadisha, chevrette, chevron, chevronel, chevrotain, chevy, chevy chase, chew, chew out, chew over

Origin of chevrotain

< French, apparently Buffon's alteration of chevrotin roe deer under the age of six months, equivalent to Middle French chevrot kid (chevre goat (see chevon) + -ot diminutive suffix) + -in -ine1
Also called mouse deer.
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British Dictionary definitions for chevrotain

chevrotain

/ (ˈʃɛvrəˌteɪn, -tɪn) /

noun

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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