a goat antelope of the genus Capricornis, of eastern Asia, related to the goral: the Sumatran serow is endangered.

Origin of serow

First recorded in 1840–50; perhaps from a source akin to Lepcha sa-ār goat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of serow

  • The serow seemed now to be quite done up, and it appeared as if his pursuers might at any moment have pulled him down.

  • There were many of them that knew the serow well, and trembled at the sight of his horns when brought too close to them.

  • Fritz had never seen a serow before, but taking it for granted it was fair game, he sprang at the creature on sight.

  • A second time the serow appeared crossing the open tract, and the dogs, as before, close at his heels.

  • Although very shy and difficult to find, the serow is a fierce and dangerous brute when wounded and brought to bay.

British Dictionary definitions for serow



either of two antelopes, Capricornis sumatraensis and C. crispus, of mountainous regions of S and SE Asia, having a dark coat and conical backward-pointing horns

Word Origin for serow

C19: from Lepcha sǎ-ro Tibetan goat
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