Definition of chevrotain in English:

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chevrotain

Pronunciation: /ˈSHevrəˌtān/

noun

A small deerlike mammal with short tusks, typically nocturnal and found in the tropical rainforests of Africa and southern Asia. Also called mouse deer.
  • Family Tragulidae: genera Moschiola (one Asian species), Tragulus (two Asian species), and Hyemoschus (one African species)
Example sentences
  • Ecologically, they range from forest dwellers, such as wild pigs and chevrotains, to dominant large herbivores on grasslands.
  • In the Duala headdresses, the animal is an antelope, perhaps the African water chevrotain that was once common in the Delta and the Wouri estuary.
  • The parallel antelope masking forms of the Ijebu Agbo society are associated with a water spirit of Ijo derivation based on the African water chevrotain.

Origin

Late 18th century: from French, diminutive of Old French chevrot, diminutive of chèvre 'goat'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: chev·ro·tain

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