markhor

markhor

[mahr-kawr]
noun, plural markhors (especially collectively) markhor.
a wild goat, Capra falconeri, of mountainous regions from Afghanistan to India, having compressed, spiral horns and long, shaggy hair: all populations are threatened or endangered.
Also, markhoor.


Origin:
1865–70; < Persian mārkhōr literally, serpent-eater, equivalent to mār snake + -khōr eating; cf. manticore

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markhor or markhoor (ˈmɑːkɔː, ˈmɑːkʊə)
 
n , pl -khors, -khor, -khoors, -khoor
a large wild Himalayan goat, Capra falconeri, with a reddish-brown coat and large spiralled horns
 
[C19: from Persian, literally: snake-eater, from mār snake + -khōr eating]
 
markhoor or markhoor
 
n
 
[C19: from Persian, literally: snake-eater, from mār snake + -khōr eating]

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markhor

(Capra falconeri), large wild goat, family Bovidae (order Artiodactyla), formerly found throughout the mountains from Kashmir and Turkestan to Afghanistan but now greatly reduced in population and range. Several subspecies are considered endangered. The markhor stands about 102 cm (40 inches) at the shoulder and has long, corkscrew-shaped horns. Its coat is reddish brown in summer and long, gray, and silky in winter. The male has a long, heavy fringe on its throat and chest

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