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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.]
(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]
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ruminant - any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments