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also munt·jak  (mŭnt′jăk′)
Any of several small deer of the genus Muntiacus of South and Southeast Asia, having short antlers and a barklike call. Also called barking deer.

[Dutch muntjak, from Sundanese (Malayo-Polynesian language of western Java) mencek (with e spelling (ə) and c spelling a voiced palatal stop).]


(ˈmʌntˌdʒæk) or


(Animals) any small Asian deer of the genus Muntiacus, typically having a chestnut-brown coat, small antlers, and a barklike cry. Also called: barking deer
[C18: probably changed from Javanese mindjangan deer]


or munt•jak

(ˈmʌnt dʒæk)

any of various small deer of the genus Muntiacus, of S and SE Asia, that have a doglike bark: the males have long, tusklike canine teeth.
Also called barking deer .
[1790–1800; (< Dutch) < Sundanese mənyčək small jungle deer]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.muntjac - small Asian deer with small antlers and a cry like a barkmuntjac - small Asian deer with small antlers and a cry like a bark
cervid, deer - distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
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When police raided Butterfly Dining, a restaurant in Taipei's Xinyi District on Wednesday, they discovered the frozen remains of five Reeve's muntjacs, two heads of Reeve's muntjacs, the head and legs of a Taiwan serow, among other body parts.
Fallow deer were introduced by the Normans for hunting purposes, while Chinese water deer, sikas and muntjacs are descendants of imported ornamental deer which have escaped from parks during the past 150 years.
The species mostly sought after right now are: pangolins, turtles, civets, porcupines, and muntjacs.
It gives calls similar to barking, usually upon sensing a predator (hence the common name for all muntjacs of barking deer).
Although muntjacs are enlisted as least concern in IUCN list of endangered species, but they are facing several threats in different areas (IUCN, 2010).
Home range, activity patterns, and habitat relations of Reeve's muntjacs in Taiwan.
People are also advised to not set their dogs on the muntjacs in a bid to frighten them away as the family pet could come off worse if it corners a buck with 5in antlers.