- 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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- 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 ibices
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