- a small, hornless deer, Moschus moschiferus, of central Asia, the male of which secretes musk: now rare.
Origin of musk deer
First recorded in 1675–85
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Examples from the Web for musk deer
That the musk-deer was still in advance of them, they had evidence from the imprint of its tracks.
The trail of the musk-deer still continued onward and upward.
The Musk-Deer form a distinct family in the order Ruminantia.
The kantjil (Tragulus javanicus) is a small creature allied to the musk-deer but forming a genus by itself.
The Tongusian hunters, to attract the musk-deer, imitate the cry of their young by applying the mouth to a fragment of bark.
- a small central Asian mountain deer, Moschus moschiferus. The male has long tusklike canine teeth and secretes musk