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Chevrotain, or Mouse Deer, any species of the family Tragulidae, with two genera, Tragulus (Asiatic) and Hyomoschus (African), the latter aquatic in habit. The family, which existed in Europe in Miocene times, connects the deer with the swine, and has some affinities to the camels. The species are diminutive and graceful, the body is about the size of that of a rabbit, and the legs are long and slender. There are canine teeth in both jaws; both sexes are hornless, and each limb has four digits.