One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Goodall also praised Taiwan's efforts to preserve endangered animals, such as the sika deer in Kenting National Park.’
- ‘Deer are herbivores and sika are no exception, munching just about any kind of vegetation.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: from Japanese shika.
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