Definition of Muntjacs
1. Noun. (plural of muntjac) ¹
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Definition of Muntjacs
1. muntjac [n] - See also: muntjac
Medical Definition of Muntjacs
1. A genus, muntiacus, of the deer family (cervidae) comprising six species living in china, tibet, nepal, india, the malay peninsula, and neighboring island countries. They are usually found in forests and areas of dense vegetation, usually not far from water. They emit a deep barklike sound which gives them the name "barking deer." if they sense a predator they will "bark" for an hour or more. They are hunted for their meat and skins; they thrive in captivity and are found in many zoos. The indian muntjac is believed to have the lowest chromosome number in mammals and cell lines derived from them figure widely in chromosome and DNA studies. (12 Dec 1998)
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Muntjacs
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Literary usage of Muntjacs
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1. Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert Armitage Sterndale (1884)
"... THE muntjacs OR RIB-FACED DEER. Of small size, slightly higher at the croup than at the shoulders; short tail; large pits in hind feet; no groin-pits; ..."
2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"As regards general characteristics, all muntjacs are small compared with the ... muntjacs are solitary animals, even two being rarely seen together. ..."
3. British Museum Guides: Vertrbrates by British Museum (Natural History) (1906)
"muntjacs are solitary creatures, frequenting hilly, forest-clad ground, ... (1299), comprise a few small species nearly allied to the muntjacs, ..."
4. Horns and Hoofs: Or Chapters on Hoofed Animals by Richard Lydekker (1893)
"The muntjacs, or rib-faced deer, constituting the genus ... hills occur throughout India, Ceylon, and Burma, there muntjacs are almost sure to be found, ..."
5. The Cambridge Natural History by Sidney Frederick Harmer, Arthur Everett Shipley (1902)
"The first and second phalanges of the lateral (imperfectly developed) digits are always present except in the muntjacs; they are never found in Bovidae. ..."