Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several small deerlike hornless ruminants of the genera Hyemoschus and Tragulus native to the tropical rain forests of central Africa, India, and southeast Asia. Also called mouse deer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several small hornless ruminants, of the genera Hyemoschus and Tragulus, native to tropical rainforests.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small ruminant of the family Tragulidæ a allied to the musk deer. It inhabits Africa and the East Indies. See kanchil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of the napu and other species of hornless pygmy deer of the genus Tragulus, resembling the musk-deer and often confused with it, but belonging to a different family, Tragulidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. very small hornless deer-like ruminant of tropical Asia and west Africa

Etymologies

French chevrotin, from Old French, diminutive of chevrot, kid, diminutive of chevre, goat, from Latin capra, she-goat, feminine of caper, goat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French chevrotain ("little goat"), diminutive of chèvre ("goat") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Other species include the endemic water chevrotain Hyemoschus aquaticus, African golden cat Felis aurata (K), giant forest genet Genetta victoriae, the endemic aquatic genet Osbornictis piscivora, leopard Panthera pardus, giant ground pangolin Manis gigantea, aardvark orycteropus afer, pygmy antelope Neotragus batesii, forest buffalo Syncerus caffer nanus, bush pig Potamochoerus porcus and giant forest hog Hylochoerus meinertzhageni (V) and great cane rat Thryonomys swinderianus.

    Okapi Faunal Reserve, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • A subspecies of mouse deer, the Balabac chevrotain (Tragulus napu nigricans), which is confined to Balabac Island, is also considered endangered.

    Palawan rain forests

  • The mammal community includes several ungulates of conservation importance such as the blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra), the chinkara (Gazella bennettii), and the small Indian chevrotain or mouse deer (Moschiola meminna).

    East Deccan dry-evergreen forests

  • The water chevrotain, a related African animal, is found from eastern Zaire to the Atlantic coast. figure

    26 Mouse Deer

  • Un apertu sur l'Tcologie du chevrotain africain, Hyemoschus aquaticus Ogilby, Artiodactyle Tragulide.

    Chapter 11

  • Le comportement du chevrotain africain, Hyemoschus aquaticus Ogilby (Artiodactyla, Ruminantia).

    Chapter 11

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