Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the face ribbed or ridged; rib-nosed.
- Specifically, noting a deer, the muntjac, Cervulus aureus, so called from the two raised ridges running down the front of the head, one from the base of each antler.
“_Bekra_, and _Jangli-bakra_, but I have also heard these names given by natives to the rib-faced deer (_Cervulus aureus_); _Bhir-kura_”
“The males have pendant tusks, like those of the musk and rib-faced deer.”
“The ruminants are peculiar also in their dentition; in the so-called true ruminants there are no incisors or cutting teeth in the upper jaw, but the teeth of the lower jaw are opposed to a hard callous pad; the herbage is cropped by being nipped between these teeth and the pad, and detached by an upward motion; in some few, such as the musk deer, Chinese water deer and the rib-faced deer or muntjac the upper canines exist, and are largely developed.”
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