- any of several wild goats of the genus Capra, inhabiting mountainous regions of Eurasia and North Africa, having long, recurved horns.
Origin of ibex
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for ibex
But I don't think that it was so good as mine about the ibex—it hasn't the same finish.
These ibex, according to Good, he stalked early and late for four entire days.
There are few animals, if any, that excel the ibex in endurance and agility.
They were about to assault an enemy, and that enemy was no other than the ibex.
There is also an ibex in Siberia; and still another in the Pyrenees.
- any of three wild goats, Capra ibex, C. caucasica, or C. pyrenaica, of mountainous regions of Europe, Asia, and North Africa, having large backward-curving horns
C17: from Latin: chamois
Word Origin and History for ibex
c.1600, from Latin ibex "wild goat of the Alps and Apennines," from a pre-Latin Alpine language. The German steinbock.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper