One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A deer having lyre-shaped antlers and a white-spotted fawn coat, native to India and Sri Lanka.
- ‘If you feel you're missing out on watching tigers launch assaults on nilgai, or muggers ambushing chital as they bend down to drink, take heart.’
- ‘8 June: We arrived to find Lakshmi carrying a small chital fawn across the meadow to the upper fork of Menhar Nala.’
- ‘Mills has culled a great deal of data to show which ungulates form its preferred diet - chital, sambar, nilgai and barasingha, and in some forests, gaur.’
- ‘In addition to deer, chital and wild boar, domestic cattle are now an important item on the tiger's menu in several areas.’
- ‘The lion shares the forest with the leopard, the chital, the jackal, the wild boar, the peacock and the Maldharis, local herdsmen who have co-existed with the lions inside the forest.’
Late 19th century: from Hindi cītal, from Sanskrit citrala ‘spotted’, from citra ‘spot, mark’.
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