- a goat antelope, Pantholops hodgsoni, of Tibet, the male of which has very long, straight horns.
Origin of chiru
perhaps < Nepali jarayo
Also called Tibetan antelope.
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Examples from the Web for chiru
Its nearest relative in India is the chiru, which has certain points of resemblance.
Dr. Murie notices the inflation of the post-maxilla in the saiga, and states that a similar extension is to be found in the chiru.
Although far from uncommon, chiru are very wary, and consequently difficult to approach.
The chiru, which belongs to the typical or antilopine section of antelopes, is probably allied to the saiga.
The largest of these islands, Kirui (Chiru), lies on the east side of the lake close to the swamp.
- 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
C19: probably from Tibetan
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