[ mahr-kawr ]
/ ˈmɑr kɔr /
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noun, plural mar·khors, (especially collectively) mar·khor.

a wild goat, Capra falconeri, of mountainous regions from Afghanistan to India, having compressed, spiral horns and long, shaggy hair: all populations are threatened or endangered.



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Origin of markhor

1865–70; <Persian mārkhōr literally, serpent-eater, equivalent to mār snake + -khōr eating; cf. manticore
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British Dictionary definitions for markhor


markhoor (ˈmɑːkʊə)

/ (ˈmɑːkɔː) /

noun plural -khors, -khor, -khoors or -khoor

a large wild Himalayan goat, Capra falconeri, with a reddish-brown coat and large spiralled horns
C19: from Persian, literally: snake-eater, from mār snake + -khōr eating
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