Definition of chevrotain
- a small deer-like mammal with small tusks, typically nocturnal and found in the tropical rainforests of Africa and southern Asia. Also called mouse deer.
- Family Tragulidae: genera Tragulus (three Asian species) and Hyemoschus (one African species)
late 18th century: from French, diminutive of Old French chevrot, diminutive of chèvre 'goat'