Definition of muntjac
: any of a genus (Muntiacus) of small deer of southeastern Asia with an alarm call similar to the bark of a dog and having in the male elongated, downward-pointing upper canine teeth which protrude from the lip and short, usually unbranched, pointed antlers : barking deer Would-be predators risk flesh-ripping tusks, or long canine teeth, which extend an inch or two from muntjacs' mouths. — Noel Vietmeyer A muntjac or barking deer, was found in the Vu Quang Preserve in Nghe Tinh Province, Vietnam. — Tom Hilchey
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Rows of gray solar panels range over about 25 acres, turning sunlight into electricity, as dog-size muntjac deer hop by.
WILDLIFE MEDLEY: Authorities seized 350 pounds of meat from wild pig , red muntjac deer, slow loris, and jungle cat, as well as a live Bengal monitor lizard from the Strung Treng market in northeastern Cambodia, says The Phnom Penh Post.
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Origin and Etymology of muntjac
Sundanese (Austronesian language of western Java) mənyčək
First Known Use: 1771See Words from the same year
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