sika

noun
si·​ka | \ ˈsē-kə How to pronounce sika (audio) \

Definition of sika

: a deer (Cervus nippon) of eastern Asia that has a chestnut to brownish coat often spotted with white and that has established populations in other regions (such as Europe and the U.S.) as a result of introduction

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RANDOMNESS Snow monkeys and sika deer deserve some privacy. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals Walkthru: Time for Marvin Lewis, Mike Brown to hash this out," 18 Dec. 2017 Adolescent macaques usually climb on top of sika deer to play or be transported. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "Yes, that’s a monkey grinding on top of a deer," 16 Dec. 2017 The other question on the scientists' minds: Was the sika deer a willing participant in this monkey business? Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Monkey Tries to Mate With Deer in First Ever Video," 12 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of sika

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sika

Japanese shika

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