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musk deer

n.
Any of various small antlerless deer of the family Moschidae native to Asia, the male of which has long upper canines and a gland that secretes musk.
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musk deer

n
(Animals) a small central Asian mountain deer, Moschus moschiferus. The male has long tusklike canine teeth and secretes musk
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musk′ deer`


n.
a small, antlerless deer, Moschus moschiferus, of central Asia: the male has tusks and secretes musk.
[1675–85]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.musk deer - small heavy-limbed upland deer of central Asiamusk deer - small heavy-limbed upland deer of central Asia; male secretes valued musk
cervid, deer - distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
genus Moschus, Moschus - musk deer
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References in classic literature ?
At last, the musk-deer, the shyest and almost the smallest of the deerlets, came, too, her big rabbity ears erect; even brindled, silent mushick-nabha must needs find out what the light in the shrine meant, and drop out her moose-like nose into Purun Bhagat's lap, coming and going with the shadows of the fire.
But that renegade, with a new Mannlicher rifle and two hundred cartridges, is elsewhere, shooting musk-deer for the market, and Yankling Sahib will learn next season how very ill he has been.
Musk-deer, their capture, domestication and care according to Chinese experience and methods.