Markhor definition

märkôr
A large goat antelope (Capra falconeri) of the western Himalayas, having a brownish coat, corkscrew-shaped horns, and long fur on the neck and chest in the male.
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A large wild goat antelope, Capra falconeri, found in the western Himalayas.
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Noun

Singular:
markhor
Plural:
markhors

Origin of markhor

  • Persian mārkhōr mār snake (from Avestan mairiia- treacherous mel-3 in Indo-European roots) -khōr eater (from Old Iranian -khvāra manticore)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Hindustani مارخور (mārx) / मारख़ोर (mārx), from Persian مارخور (mârx) (lit. snake-eater), from مار (mâr, “snake") + خور (x), present stem of verb خوردن (khordan, “to eat").

    From Wiktionary