Definition of sika in English:


(also sika deer)


  • A forest-dwelling deer with a greyish winter coat that turns yellowish-brown with white spots in summer. It is native to Japan and SE Asia and naturalized in Britain and elsewhere.

    Cervus nippon, family Cervidae

    • ‘Goodall also praised Taiwan's efforts to preserve endangered animals, such as the sika deer in Kenting National Park.’
    • ‘Other problematic mammals include the ruddy duck, an American import that is threatening the native white-headed duck with extinction, and sika deer from Asia, which eat saplings and strip bark from trees.’
    • ‘In the Asia Field, you will feel your eyes are not big enough to take in the camels, yaks, fallow deer, sika deer, blue sheep and springbok capering in all directions.’
    • ‘Deer are herbivores and sika are no exception, munching just about any kind of vegetation.’
    • ‘The 360-acre deer park was closed three months ago to try to protect the 500 red, fallow and manchurian sika deer, which roam free in a separate area east of the ruins of the 12 th century abbey.’


Late 19th century: from Japanese shika.