One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small deer with short straight antlers, found in Central and South America.
Genus Mazama, family Cervidae: four species
- ‘The home ranges of the female gray brockets were noted to overlap in a captive study area, whereas male home ranges were regarded as being exclusive.’
- ‘Tapir, peccaries, and brocket deer appear to survive on cactus, while carnivores like jaguar and puma survive on fluids from their prey.’
- ‘The total length of a Mexican brocket deer ranges from 102 to 111 cm with an average weight of 17 kg.’
- ‘The fourth group consists only of brown brockets from the Yucatán Peninsula and represent the taxon described by Merriam as M. pandora.’
- ‘New records and a status assessment of a rare dwarf brocket deer from the montane forests of Bolivia.’
Late Middle English (denoting any red deer stag in its second year, with straight antlers): from Anglo-Norman French broquet, diminutive of broque, variant of broche (see brooch). The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.
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