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ibex

[ahy-beks]
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noun, plural i·bex·es, ib·i·ces [ib-uh-seez, ahy-buh-] /ˈɪb əˌsiz, ˈaɪ bə-/, (especially collectively) i·bex.
  1. any of several wild goats of the genus Capra, inhabiting mountainous regions of Eurasia and North Africa, having long, recurved horns.

Origin of ibex

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for ibex

Historical Examples

  • But I don't think that it was so good as mine about the ibex—it hasn't the same finish.

    Maiwa's Revenge

    H. Rider Haggard

  • These ibex, according to Good, he stalked early and late for four entire days.

    Maiwa's Revenge

    H. Rider Haggard

  • There are few animals, if any, that excel the ibex in endurance and agility.

    The Cliff Climbers

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • They were about to assault an enemy, and that enemy was no other than the ibex.

    The Cliff Climbers

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • There is also an ibex in Siberia; and still another in the Pyrenees.


British Dictionary definitions for ibex

ibex

noun plural ibexes, ibices (ˈɪbɪˌsiːz, ˈaɪ-) or ibex
  1. any of three wild goats, Capra ibex, C. caucasica, or C. pyrenaica, of mountainous regions of Europe, Asia, and North Africa, having large backward-curving horns

Word Origin

C17: from Latin: chamois
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Word Origin and History for ibex

n.

c.1600, from Latin ibex "wild goat of the Alps and Apennines," from a pre-Latin Alpine language. The German steinbock.

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