muntjac

or munt·jak

[muhnt-jak]
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. munster,
  2. munt,
  3. munted,
  4. munter,
  5. muntin,
  6. muntrie,
  7. muntz metal,
  8. muny,
  9. muon,
  10. muon neutrino

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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British Dictionary definitions for muntjac

muntjac

muntjak

noun

any small Asian deer of the genus Muntiacus, typically having a chestnut-brown coat, small antlers, and a barklike cryAlso called: barking deer

Word Origin for muntjac

C18: probably changed from Javanese mindjangan deer

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