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chev·ro·tain

 (shĕv′rə-tān′)
n.
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.]

chevrotain

(ˈʃɛvrəˌteɪn; -tɪn)
n
(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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There are 10 species of chevrotains in existence, and the smallest are as tiny as rabbits, weighing around a pound and a half at maturity.
Yellow-backed duikers, water chevrotains, and giant pangolins are culinary delicacies (Kingdon 1997; Lazarus 1994) that would also constitute special targets for subsistence.