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chiru

[ chir-oo ]
/ ˈtʃɪr u /
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noun

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

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Also called Tibetan antelope.

Origin of chiru

Perhaps <Nepali jarayo
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British Dictionary definitions for chiru

chiru
/ (ˈtʃɪruː) /

noun

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

Word Origin for chiru

C19: probably from Tibetan
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