- 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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Wall, when I went out the next mornin', I tell you thar wuz a sight.Uncles Josh's Punkin Centre Stories
Thar's a spring round the turn in the cave thar—they's a go'd in it.Southern Lights and Shadows
After which, thar ain't no se'f respectin' camp that'll stand for my game.'
Thar's nothin' to it; prick her finger, an' you pierce his heart.
Thar's mebby a dozen of us playin', but not a word is spoke.
- a rare goatlike antelope (Capricornis thar) of mountainous regions of S AsiaAlso called: Himalayan serow
from Nepali thār
- 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
C19: variation of Nepali thār
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