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markhor

[ 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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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

Word Origin for markhor

C19: from Persian, literally: snake-eater, from mār snake + -khōr eating
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