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

Examples of sika in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Public lands on the lower Eastern Shore also offer the chance to hunt sika deer. Brian Lovett, Field & Stream, "How and Where to Kill a Whitetail Deer on Public Land," 1 Sep. 2020 About 85% of Siberian tigers' diet consists of wild boar, red deer and sika deer. Lauren Kent, CNN, "What is the real tiger king? Answer: The Siberian tiger, and its kingdom is under attack," 8 June 2020 The park is home to over 1,200 wild sika deer, according to My Modern Met, who freely roam the park’s 1,240 acres, delighting the thousands of tourists who flock there every year. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Magical Video of Deer Relaxing Under Cherry Blossom Trees Looks Like a Real-life Disney Movie," 21 May 2020 An antlered sika is defined as a deer with at least one antler visible above the hairline. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Trainer Anthony Aguirre Jr. earns first win on opening day at Laurel Park," 6 Sep. 2019 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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Last Updated

12 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sika.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sika. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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