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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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The hunt, which is first in the season starting from November, came slightly over a month after Gilgit-Baltistan government sold out hunting permits for four markhors, 60 ibexes and eight blue sheep to national and international hunters.
But it was strange that carcasses of two Markhors were found in a protected area of Chitral Goal National Park, he added.
During September 17-October 18, 2010, eleven markhors that displayed labored breathing and 64 markhors that had recently died were found in 5 localities (Table) in the district of Shuroabad, Khatlon Province, usually in close proximity to water sources (Figure 1, panel A).
in the evening the men make animal figures stuffed with walnut mash mostly representing markhors, and a large bread cake to take to the goat-sheds early the following morning.
PESHAWAR -- The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife department has sought bids from hunters and experienced outfitters for hunting permits of 10 Himalayan ibexes and four Kashmir Markhors under the Trophy hunting scheme for hunting season commencing from December 15 to March 2016.
The valley abounds with wildlife and one can find Markhors and leopards on the mountain slope besides many kinds of birds like the Himalayan Snow Cock and the Monal Pheasant.