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.
A large wild goat antelope, Capra falconeri, found in the western Himalayas.
Other Word Forms
Origin of markhor
Persian mārkhōrmārsnake (from Avestan mairiia-treacherousmel-3 in Indo-European roots) -khōreater (from Old Iranian -khvāramanticore)
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Hindustaniمارخور (mārx) / मारख़ोर (mārx), from Persianمارخور (mârx) (lit. snake-eater), from مار (mâr, “snake") + خور (x), present stem of verb خوردن (khordan, “to eat").
Markhor Sentence Examples
From the Pir-Panjal range of Kashmir the markhor extends westwards into Baltistan, Astor, Hunza, Afghanistan and the trans-Indus ranges of the Punjab.
The Himalayan varieties of the markhor and ibex are abundant in Kafiristan.
The ibex are connected with the wild goat by means of Capra nubiana, in which the front edge of the horns is thinner than in either the European C. ibex or the Asiatic C. sibirica; while the Spanish C. pyrenaica shows how the ibex-type of horn may pass into the spirally twisted one distinctive of the markhor, C. falconeri.
It is true that many tame goats show spirally twisted horns recalling those of the under-mentioned Asiatic markhor; but in nearly all such instances it will be found that the spiral twists in the opposite direction.
As regards wild goats other than the representatives of Capra hircus, the members of the ibex-group are noticed under Ibex, while another distinctive type receives mention under Markhor.