- any of several Old World wild goats of the genus Hemitragus, as H. jemlahicus (Himalayan tahr), introduced into New Zealand, having a long mane and short, stout, recurving horns: most are endangered or threatened in their native regions.
Origin of tahr
First recorded in 1832, tahr is from the Nepali word thār
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The genera are Ovis (sheep), Capra (goats) and Hemitragus (tahr).
The ibexes, markhors, tahr and all the wild sheep eventually will be shot out by sportsmen who are "sheep crazy."
In Asia it should include the great Indian rhinoceros and its allied species, the burrhel, the Nilgiri tahr and the gayal.
The tahr is fairly common all along the higher Himalayan Range.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
It is a large and powerful beast, considerably larger than a tahr, and longer in the leg.Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon
Robert A. Sterndale
- any of several goatlike bovid mammals of the genus Hemitragus, such as H. jemlahicus (Himalayan tahr), of mountainous regions of S and SW Asia, having a shaggy coat and curved horns
C19: variation of Nepali thār