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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large reddish-brown Chinese deer (Elaphurus davidianus) surviving only in domesticated herds and having antlers whose tips point backward, a long donkeylike tail, and hooves that make a cracking sound in walking.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

After Père Armand David (1826-1900), French missionary and naturalist.

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