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  1. a goat antelope, Pantholops hodgsoni, of Tibet, the male of which has very long, straight horns.
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Origin of chiru

perhaps < Nepali jarayo
Also called Tibetan antelope.
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  1. a Tibetan antelope, Pantholops hodgsoni, having a dense woolly pinkish-brown fleece prized as the source of shahtoosh wool: now close to extinction due to illegal slaughter for its fleece
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Word Origin

C19: probably from Tibetan
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