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A large goat antelope (Capra falconeri) of the western Himalayas, having a brownish coat, corkscrew-shaped horns, and long fur on the neck and chest in the male.

[Ultimately (partly via Kashmiri, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu) from Persian mārkhōr, variant (influenced by khor-, stem of khordan, to eat) of mārkhwār, literally "snake-eater" (the markhor being so called because of the widespread Eurasian folk belief that certain ungulates eat snakes, perhaps inspired by the markhor's coiled, serpentine horns, or by the dark green bezoars of old markhor bucks, traditionally prized as an antidote to poison) : mār, snake (from Middle Persian, perhaps from Old Iranian *marthra-, killer; see mer- in Indo-European roots) + -khwār, eater (from Old Iranian *-khvāra-; see manticore).]


(ˈmɑːkɔː) or


n, pl -khors, -khor, -khoors or -khoor
(Animals) a large wild Himalayan goat, Capra falconeri, with a reddish-brown coat and large spiralled horns
[C19: from Persian, literally: snake-eater, from mār snake + -khōr eating]
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Noun1.markhor - large Himalayan goat with large spiraled hornsmarkhor - large Himalayan goat with large spiraled horns
wild goat - undomesticated goat
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All the mess plate was out on the long table - the same table that had served up the bodies of five officers after a forgotten fight long and long ago - the dingy, battered standards faced the door of entrance, clumps of winter-roses lay between the silver candlesticks, and the portraits of eminent officers deceased looked down on their successors from between the heads of sambhur, nilghai, markhor, and, pride of all the mess, two grinning snow-leopards that had cost Basset-Holmer four months' leave that he might have spent in England, instead of on the road to Thibet and the daily risk of his life by ledge, snow- slide, and grassy slope.
He peopled the hills with anything thev had a mind to slay - thar, ibex, or markhor, and bear by Elisha's allowance.
Fun area for kids with mascots from Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor attracted a lot of families to visit the event.
On the occasion, SLF head Khurshid Ali Shah said the big cat kept population density of other species at desired level, but with its disappearance from the national park area, the number of wolves and lynx had abnormally increased having a harmful affect on Kashmir markhor.
On the first weekend of February three Lollywood movies were simultaneously released:Maan Jao Na, PariandAllahyar and the Legend of Markhor.
The wildlife here comprises of wolf, Markhor and wild birds.
KARACHI -- Star-studded premieres of Gluco Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor, the latest animation treat by 3rd World Studios in association with ARY films was recently held in Lahore at Cinestar Township and in Karachi at Nueplex Cinema.
Allah Yar and the Legend of Markhor is all slated for a February release followed by Pakistan Super League that will keep the audience entertained till the end of March.
Markhor is a project by team "Mech The Tech (MTT)" which consists of final year students of Mechatronics Department of Air University Islamabad.
A number of significant types of vertebrates and endangered species like the snow leopard, marcopolo sheep, musk deer, brown bear, wooly squirrel and markhor are found here.
The endangered astor markhor fetches the highest licence fee trophy hunting auction.
The wild fauna includes the markhor (Capra falconeri), the collared pika (Ochotona rufescens), the migratory hamster (Cricetulus migratorius), the stone marten (Martes foina), the forest dormouse (Dryomys nitedula), Persian jird (Meriones persicus) and the mouse-like hamster (Calomyscus bailwardi).