markhor

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A markhor

From Hindi मारख़ोर (mārxor) and Urdu مارخور(mārxor), from Persian مارخور(mârxor) (lit. snake-eater), from مار(mâr, snake) + خور(xor), present stem of verb خوردن(khordan, to eat).

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markhor (plural markhors)

  1. A large wild goat, Capra falconeri, especially (Capra falconeri megaceros, syn. Capra megaceros), having huge flattened spiral horns., found in the western Himalayas.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘Only a Subaltern’, Under the Deodars, Folio Society 2005, page 69:
      He was taught the legends of the Mess Plate, from the great grinning Golden Gods that had come out of the Summer Palace in Pekin to the silver-mounted markhor-horn snuff-mull presented by the last CO []

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