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Napu \Na*pu"\, n. [Native name.] (Zo["o]l.) A very small chevrotain ( Tragulus Javanicus), native of Java. It is about the size of a hare, and is noted for its agility in leaping. Called also Java musk deer, pygmy musk deer, and deerlet.


n. A chevrotain.

Usage examples of "deerlet".

Ruminantia are fused into one common bone, except in the deerlets, which also have the two outer fore and little finger metacarpals distinct, whereas they are but rudimentary in the rest of the true ruminants, and totally absent in the camels.

The deerlets possess no psalterium or third stomach, except in a rudimentary form, and their feet approximate to those of the pigs, and they are destitute of horns.

At last, the musk-deer, the shyest and almost the smallest of the deerlets, came, too, her big rabbity ears erect.