Definition of sika in English:

sika

Syllabification: si·ka
Pronunciation: /ˈsēkə
 
/
(also sika deer)

noun

  • A forest-dwelling deer with a grayish winter coat that turns yellowish-brown with white spots in summer. It is native to Japan and Southeast Asia and naturalized elsewhere.
    • Cervus nippon, family Cervidae
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Deer are herbivores and sika are no exception, munching just about any kind of vegetation.

Origin

late 19th century: from Japanese shika.

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