[ ahy-beks ]

noun,plural i·bex·es, ib·i·ces [ib-uh-seez, ahy-buh-], /ˈɪb əˌsiz, ˈaɪ bə-/, (especially collectively) i·bex.
  1. 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

Words Nearby ibex

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How to use ibex in a sentence

  • Iron age petroglyphs of the animals are etched across their habitat range in central and southern Asia, including one in Kyrgyzstan that appears to show nomads using a tame snow leopard to hunt ibex.

  • After years of wearing the Icebreaker Tiki bra, I made the switch to the ibex Balance Crop bra—a step up in terms of support and technical design.

  • I saw several ibex heads nailed up over the doors of houses.

    War in the Garden of Eden | Kermit Roosevelt
  • He peopled the hills with anything they had a mind to slay—thar, ibex, or markhor, and bear by Elisha's allowance.

    Kim | Rudyard Kipling
  • Only after sun-down do the ibex descend, and never, even then, so far as timber-line.

    Unexplored Spain | Abel Chapman
  • At this period the surviving ibex had fallen to a mere handful.

    Unexplored Spain | Abel Chapman
  • At that season (April to May) the ibex are changing their coats.

    Unexplored Spain | Abel Chapman

British Dictionary definitions for ibex


/ (ˈaɪbɛks) /

nounplural ibexes, ibices (ˈɪbɪˌsiːz, ˈaɪ-) or ibex
  1. 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

Origin of ibex

C17: from Latin: chamois

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