- any of various small deer of the genus Muntiacus, of southern and eastern Asia and the adjacent islands, especially M. muntjac, of Java, India, etc., having well-developed horns on bony pedicels.
- any of the small deer of the related genus Elaphodus, of China and Tibet, having minute horns.
Origin of muntjac
1790–1800; (< D) < Sundanese mənyčək a kind of chevrotain; reason for subsequent application to this deer uncertain
Also called barking deer.
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Examples from the Web for muntjac
Before we reached them Harry appeared, smiling all over, and dragging a muntjac (Muntiacus) by the fore legs.
We hoped that this muntjac was going to prove a "good joss," but instead a disappointing day was in store for us.
The men assured us that there were sambur, serow, and muntjac in the neighborhood, and they agreed to hunt.
Heller shot three muntjac at Hui-yao, besides the doe which he killed on the first day.
On the way Heller, who was in front, saw two muntjac standing in the grass on an open hillside, and shot the leader.
- any small Asian deer of the genus Muntiacus, typically having a chestnut-brown coat, small antlers, and a barklike cryAlso called: barking deer
C18: probably changed from Javanese mindjangan deer
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