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goral

[gawr-uh l, gohr-] /ˈgɔr əl, ˈgoʊr-/
noun
1.
a short-horned goat antelope, Naemorhedus goral, of the mountainous regions of southeastern Asia: an endangered species.
Origin of goral
1825-1835
1825-35; perhaps ≪ Sanskrit gaura, gaur
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  • The goral is a little mountain antelope, much like the chamois, only with straight horns.

  • We would arrive to see the hounds dancing about the burrow yelping excitedly instead of having a goral at bay as we had expected.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
  • One of the natives cut a leafy branch, placed the goral upon it and at the first cut chanted a prayer.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
  • A moment later we heard the goral leaping down the cliff not a hundred yards away.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
  • We had not gone a hundred yards when the hunter shouted that a goral was running in our direction.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
  • After each dog had had a taste of the goral's blood we again climbed the cliff at the end of the meadow.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
  • I lay flat on my back for a few minutes and got to my knees just as the goral appeared on the opposite cliff.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
  • I have seen a goral run down the face of a cliff which appeared to be almost perpendicular, and where the dogs dared not venture.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
  • He tried to show the animals to me and at last I caught sight of what I thought was a goral standing on a narrow ledge.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
  • The goral had disappeared, and even Achi could not discover a sign of life upon the meadow.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
British Dictionary definitions for goral

goral

/ˈɡɔːrəl/
noun
1.
a small goat antelope, Naemorhedus goral, inhabiting mountainous regions of S Asia. It has a yellowish-grey and black coat and small conical horns
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi, probably of Sanskrit origin
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