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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Recent Examples on the Web And what about those wild creatures, embarking on an urban commute as the cities emptied out – from the raccoons of Central Park, to the goats by Istanbul’s deserted airport highway and the sika deer ambling through Nara, Japan. Sairah Ashman, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 The expert team found that many early cases had no clear connection to Huanan market, which sold sika deer, badgers, bamboo rats, live crocodiles and other animals, according to vendor records cited in the report. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2021 In Japan’s Nara Park, visitors feed the resident sika deer special crackers provided by the park. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, 4 Mar. 2021 Public lands on the lower Eastern Shore also offer the chance to hunt sika deer. Brian Lovett, Field & Stream, 1 Sep. 2020 About 85% of Siberian tigers' diet consists of wild boar, red deer and sika deer. Lauren Kent, CNN, 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, 21 May 2020 An antlered sika is defined as a deer with at least one antler visible above the hairline. Baltimore Sun Staff,, 6 Sep. 2019 RANDOMNESS Snow monkeys and sika deer deserve some privacy. Paul Dehner Jr.,, 18 Dec. 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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“Sika.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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