Definition of muntjac in US English:



  • A small Southeast Asian deer, the male of which has tusks, small antlers, and a doglike bark.

    Genus Muntiacus, family Cervidae: several species, including the Chinese muntjac (M. reevesi), which is naturalized in England and France

    Also called barking deer
    • ‘The driver thought he'd only hit a stone (unlikely, even a muntjac deer is likely to have rather more size/weight than a stone, but OK) and carried on to work.’
    • ‘The Essex Police wildlife officer, said fallow and muntjac deer migrate across the major route and are killed or injured by unsuspecting motorists.’
    • ‘Traditional methods of using beating and hunting dogs are also engaged to corner and hunt muntjacs, wild boars and blacknaped hares.’
    • ‘In addition to moon bears, tigers live in this mountain jungle, as do small, short-haired, tree-climbing sun bears, the strange, fanged barking deer called muntjacs, and civets, wild boars, and cobras.’
    • ‘‘The woods where I work in England contain roe and muntjac deer,’ Fuller said.’
    • ‘Large increases of deer, mainly fallow and muntjac, with some roe, are being witnessed in mid Essex.’
    • ‘The dense forests contain sambhar (the Indian stag), the muntjac (barking deer) and herds of chital (spotted deer).’
    • ‘The Swindon area is home to species including roe, fallow and muntjac deer.’
    • ‘Because of the warmer winters Essex is now experiencing a large increase in all deer but especially the little muntjacs which become used to traffic noise and can be seen grazing beside roads.’
    • ‘Our phylogenetic results indicate that the giant muntjac is relatively closer to Muntiacus reevesi than to other muntjacs and may be placed in the genus Muntiacus.’
    • ‘Looping back around, I got a closer look at the ears and realised that it was probably a muntjac deer.’
    • ‘But the only animals we saw on our 10-hour journey were dead: at a hunter's camp we saw stacks of muntjac skins, the skulls of a rare Asian wild dog and a turtle, and the drying gall bladders of wild boars and possibly bears.’
    • ‘The muntjac has a call which sounds like the bark of a dog and accounts for another common name, barking deer.’
    • ‘I decided that it must either be a muntjac or a Chinese water deer, but have ruled out the latter, because as can be seen above the chinese water deer's hind legs are noticeably longer than its forelegs.’
    • ‘Climate change has also favoured the muntjac as unlike other deer, they do not have a breeding season.’
    • ‘You can even eat the muntjac, which looks like a big rat and barks like a dog.’
    • ‘Britain's deer population is made up of six different species, native types such as the red deer and roe deer, as well as species which have been introduced sika, muntjac, Chinese water deer and the fallow deer.’


Late 18th century: from Sundanese minchek.