The Encyclopedia Americana (1906)/Muntjac

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Munt'jac, a small East Indian deer representig the genus Cervulus, which resembles the musk-deer in many points, especialIy in having long sharp upper canine teeth, or tusks, which are effective weapons These little deer, only 20 to 22 inches in height, inhabit hilly jungles, and have lyrate, single-pronged antlers, mounted upon remarkably tall pedicels. Several species are known, of which the most familiar is the Kakar or barking-deer (C. muntjac) of Indian sportsmen, whose loud resonant cries may be heard at a surprising distance, and which is a favorite not only because it exercises skill in its pursuit, but gives excellent venison. Consult Kinloeb, 'Large Game Shooting' (1885).