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water deer Line breaks: water deer

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also Chinese water deer)

Definition of water deer in English:


A small deer without antlers, the male having a pair of tusk-like canine teeth, native to China and Korea.
  • Hydropotes inermis, family Cervidae
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We also had extensive woodland, with tiny Chinese water deer in it, but only twice did we see them.
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