A goat antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii) of high mountainous regions of the Plateau of Tibet, having long straight horns in the male and an undercoat that is highly prized for its downy wool.
A Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii) with dense, soft, woolly hair and, in the male, long, sharp horns: it is an endangered species.
Origin of chiru
Of Tibeto-Burman originpossibly a compound containing a second element akin to Tibetan rwa, -ruhorn
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Chiru Sentence Examples
More or less nearly related to the saiga is the chiru, Pantholops hodgsoni, of Tibet, characterized by the long upright black horns of the bucks, and the less convex nose, in which the nostrils open anteriorly instead of downwards.
Although far from uncommon, chiru are very wary, and consequently difficult to approach.
The most peculiar feature about the chiru is, however, its swollen, puffy nose, which is probably connected with breathing a highly rarefied atmosphere.
A second antelope inhabiting the same country as the chiru is the goa (Gazella picticaudata), a member of the gazelle group characterized by the peculiar form of the horns of the bucks and certain features of coloration, whereby it is markedly distinguished from all its kindred save one or two other central Asian species.