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A medium-sized deer (Cervus nippon) native to East Asia but widely naturalized elsewhere, having a light to dark brown often spotted coat, a white rump patch, and antlers in the male.
[Japanese shika, deer.]
(Animals) a Japanese forest-dwelling deer, Cervus nippon, having a brown coat, spotted with white in summer, and a large white patch on the rump
[from Japanese shika]
n., pl. -kas.
a small, sometimes spotted deer, Cervus nippon, native to E Asia.
[1890–95; < Japanese]