musk deer

noun

Definition of musk deer 

: any of a genus (Moschus) of small heavy-limbed hornless deer of central Asian uplands with tusked musk-producing males

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The forest next door is home to vulnerable species like musk deer, Asiatic black bears and antelope-like​ goats known as Amur gorals. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "How Korea’s Demilitarized Zone Became an Accidental Wildlife Paradise," 12 Feb. 2018 When players on North Korea’s women’s soccer team tested positive for steroids in 2015, officials blamed traditional Chinese medicines made from musk deer glands given to players who had been struck by lightning. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "Curious About the Lives of North Korea’s Isolated Athletes? Here’s a Glimpse," 7 Feb. 2018 In Russia the main threat is poaching of musk deer, whose glands are used for traditional medicine in China and Korea. John Wendle, National Geographic, "Stunning Rare Footage Reveals Elusive Snow Leopards," 6 Apr. 2017

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1673, in the meaning defined above

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