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  1. any of several Old World wild goats of the genus Hemitragus, as H. jemlahicus (Himalayan tahr), introduced into New Zealand, having a long mane and short, stout, recurving horns: most are endangered or threatened in their native regions.

Origin of tahr

First recorded in 1832, tahr is from the Nepali word thār
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Examples from the Web for tahr

Historical Examples

  • Or if you down't like the Tahr of London, you could go to the Zoo.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • The genera are Ovis (sheep), Capra (goats) and Hemitragus (tahr).

  • The ibexes, markhors, tahr and all the wild sheep eventually will be shot out by sportsmen who are "sheep crazy."

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday

  • In Asia it should include the great Indian rhinoceros and its allied species, the burrhel, the Nilgiri tahr and the gayal.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday

  • The tahr is fairly common all along the higher Himalayan Range.

British Dictionary definitions for tahr


  1. any of several goatlike bovid mammals of the genus Hemitragus, such as H. jemlahicus (Himalayan tahr), of mountainous regions of S and SW Asia, having a shaggy coat and curved horns

Word Origin

C19: variation of Nepali thār
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