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Any of several small deerlike hornless ruminants of the genera Hyemoschus, Moschiola, and Tragulus, native to tropical and subtropical forests of India, Southeast Asia, and west-central Africa. Also called mouse deer.

[French chevrotin, from Old French, diminutive of chevrot, kid, diminutive of chevre, goat, from Latin capra, she-goat, feminine of caper, goat.]


(ˈʃɛvrəˌteɪn; -tɪn)
(Animals) any small timid ruminant artiodactyl mammal of the genera Tragulus and Hyemoschus, of S and SE Asia: family Tragulidae. They resemble rodents, and the males have long tusklike upper canines. Also called: mouse deer
[C18: from French, from Old French chevrot kid, from chèvre goat, from Latin capra, feminine of caper goat]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chevrotain - very small hornless deer-like ruminant of tropical Asia and west Africachevrotain - very small hornless deer-like ruminant of tropical Asia and west Africa
ruminant - any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments
kanchil, Tragulus kanchil - small chevrotain of southeastern Asia
napu, Tragulus Javanicus - chevrotain somewhat larger than the kanchil; found in India and Malaya
Hyemoschus aquaticus, water chevrotain, water deer - largest chevrotain; of marshy areas of west Africa
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While saving their village, Kancil and her side-kick, Kitchen Boy, also provide an imagined solution to a real-life mystery: the origin of the Wonoboyo Hoard, a treasure trove found buried in a rice field in Central Java in 1990.
They are reminiscent of the Pak Pandit figure, well-known in Sumatra and Malay folklore, and the Kancil tales, although in the traditional narratives, this type of male protagonist is usually presented as a mature and older man.
From Coyote to Billy Goat Gruff, from Kancil and his crocodile bridge to Hodja, the Turkish trickster, this Trickster collection pays homage to each entity and also continues the tradition of trickster tale-telling, the way to wisdom.
In 1995, he started the first Internet newsgroup called Sang Kancil where he posted commentaries and analysis of current issues.