Any of three goatlike mammals of the genus Hemitragus of the Himalayas, southern India, and the Arabian peninsula, having backward-curved horns. Some biologists place the species in three different genera.
A short-horned, wild goat (genus Hemitragus) of Arabia, India, and the Himalayas.
Any of three species of large Asian ungulates belonging to the subfamily Caprinae (goats).
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American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Tahr Sentence Examples
The genera are Ovis (sheep), Capra (goats) and Hemitragus (tahr).
There are, however, several more or less transitional forms. Tahr are short-horned goats.
The short-horned Asiatic goats of the genus Hemitragus receive mention in the article Tahr; but it may be added that fossil species of the same genus are known from the Lower Pliocene formations of India, which have also yielded remains of a goat allied to the markhor of the Himalayas.
Tahr frequent the worst ground of almost all ruminants.
Three very characteristic ruminants, having some affinities with goats, inhabit the Himalaya; these are the " serow " (Nemorhaedus), " goral " (Cemas) and " tahr " (Hemitragus), the last-named ranging to rather high elevations.