One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small deer without antlers, the male having a pair of tusks, native to China and Korea.
Hydropotes inermis, family Cervidae
- ‘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.’
- ‘We also had extensive woodland, with tiny Chinese water deer in it, but only twice did we see them.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Chinese water deer used to be widely distributed in East Asia but is now found only in east China and Korea.’
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