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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).]
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(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.
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Under a trophy hunting licence, which replaced a complete ban on wild goat's hunt, only four male old markhors are permitted to be hunted every season (that begins in October and lasts till April) after payment of the licence fee.
Markhors, a large Capra species found in the Himalayas, are popular among poachers, who acquire permits from the government to be allowed to hunt the animals.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal's Safari Park has also seen an increase in its number of animals after the birth of nine fawns and markhors in the past one and a half month.
But social and political circle of Chitral have demanded of the goverment for allowing hunting trophy license in buffer areas of Chitral goal national park because the aged and ailing Markhors are already dying without any hunting or benefiting local communities.
Only when light becomes shadows and the world loses substance that markhors move down from mountaintops to drink from the River Chitral in north of Pakistan.
Peshawar Markhors, Multan Infernos, Lahore Lethals, Hyderabad Riders, Faisalabad Phoenix, Islamabad Shaheens, Quetta Thunders and Karachi Knights of the Future Gladiators.
Markhors reside in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, but large-scale poaching for medicine and hunting decimated their population in the last 20 years.
Alarmed over the declining population of Markhors, wildlife groups started mobilising community-based sustainable practices to stop poaching and hunting.
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).