sika [see-kuh] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a small, reddish deer, Cervus nippon, native to eastern Asia: most populations are endangered.

Origin of sika 1890–95; Japanese, equivalent to si- (perhaps akin to sisi boar, game) + ka deer Examples from the Web for sika Historical Examples of sika

  • On the mainland of Manchuria both the typical sika, and a larger race (C. sika manchuricus), occur.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 10


  • Sika means to appear, and is used chiefly of supernatural beings; kundru means to grunt or grumble.

    The Fijians

    Basil Thomson

  • Nasimovich considered that roe deer and sika deer could be taken by wolves when snow was not more than 30 cm.

    Ecological Studies of the Timber Wolf in Northeastern Minnesota

    L. David Mech

  • In Japan there is an intermediate form in Cervus sika which has no bez-tine.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

    Robert A. Sterndale

  • British Dictionary definitions for sika sika noun

    1. a Japanese forest-dwelling deer, Cervus nippon, having a brown coat, spotted with white in summer, and a large white patch on the rump

    Word Origin for sika from Japanese shika

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