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serow

[ser-oh]
noun
  1. a goat antelope of the genus Capricornis, of eastern Asia, related to the goral: the Sumatran serow is endangered.
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Origin of serow

First recorded in 1840–50; perhaps from a source akin to Lepcha sa-ār goat
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Examples from the Web for serow

Historical Examples

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

    The Plant Hunters

    Mayne Reid

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

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

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

  • 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

serow

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C19: from Lepcha sǎ-ro Tibetan goat
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