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[gouuh r, gou-er] /gaʊər, ˈgaʊ ər/
noun, plural gaurs (especially collectively) gaur.
a massive wild ox, Bibos gaurus, of southeastern Asia and the Malay Archipelago, growing to a height of 6 feet (1.8 meters) at the shoulder: now reduced in numbers.
1800-10; < Hindi < Sanskrit gaura Unabridged
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a large wild member of the cattle tribe, Bos gaurus, inhabiting mountainous regions of S Asia
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C19: from Hindi, from Sanskrit gāŭra
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(Bos gaurus), one of several species of wild cattle, family Bovidae (order Artiodactyla). The gaur lives in small herds in the mountain forests of India, Southeast Asia, and the Malay Peninsula. Larger than any other wild cattle, it attains a shoulder height of 1.8 m (6 feet) or more. It is heavy-bodied and typically blue-eyed and has curving horns, a high ridge on the forepart of the back, and white "stockings" on the legs. Bulls are dark brown or blackish, cows and young reddish brown. Greatly reduced in numbers, gaurs survive only in scattered herds in India, Myanmar (Burma), West Malaysia, and Thailand.

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a city, a country, and a literary style in ancient India. The city is better-known under its Anglicized form, Gaur. Its first recorded reference is by the grammarian Panini (5th century BC), and its location may be inferred to have been in eastern India.

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