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[ahy-beks] /ˈaɪ bɛks/
noun, plural ibexes, ibices
[ib-uh-seez, ahy-buh-] /ˈɪb əˌsiz, ˈaɪ bə-/ (Show IPA).
(especially collectively) ibex.
any of several wild goats of the genus Capra, inhabiting mountainous regions of Eurasia and North Africa, having long, recurved horns.
Origin of ibex
1600-10; < Latin Unabridged
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  • ibex and oryx will scatter at your approach, loping to higher ground as you wind among the arching papyrus reeds.
  • It's the only site in the region decorated with images of sheep, along with antelope and ibex.
  • In a few high-mountain refuges there are growing populations of chamois and ibex.
British Dictionary definitions for ibex


noun (pl) ibexes, ibices (ˈɪbɪˌsiːz; ˈaɪ-), ibex
any of three wild goats, Capra ibex, C. caucasica, or C. pyrenaica, of mountainous regions of Europe, Asia, and North Africa, having large backward-curving horns
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: chamois
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Word Origin and History for ibex

c.1600, from Latin ibex "wild goat of the Alps and Apennines," from a pre-Latin Alpine language. The German steinbock.

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ibex in Technology
The command language for Honeywell's CP-6 operating system.
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