chevrotain

noun chev·ro·tain \ˈshevrəˌtān\
variants: less commonly

chevrotin

\-ˌtan\

Definition of chevrotain

plural

-s

  1. :  any of several very small hornless deerlike ruminant mammals of tropical Asia, the Malay archipelago, and West Africa superficially resembling the musk deer, the male having short tusks, and being among the smallest known ruminants, standing only about a foot high —called also mouse deer — see water chevrotain

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Origin and Etymology of chevrotain

French, diminutive of chevrot kid, fawn, from Middle French, diminutive of chèvre goat — more at cheverel


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