Definition of bharal in English:



  • A Himalayan wild sheep with a bluish coat and backward-curving horns.

    Pseudois nayaur, family Bovidae

    Also called blue sheep
    • ‘He explained that in western regions, strict protection has led to fast multiplication of bharals, great pressure on the grasslands and also threatens the survival of other endangered species.’
    • ‘On lake banks are visiting giant pandas, gnus, mountain donkeys, elks, and bharals other wildlife.’
    • ‘The Himalayan blue sheep or bharal is generally found above 4,270 m in summer and is seldom seen at below 3,000 m.’
    • ‘The blue tint of the bharals makes them almost invisible against the background of blue-grayish rock that is typical within their habitat.’
    • ‘A bharal's cylindrical horns curve outward, though in older animals, the horns are directed backward.’


Mid 19th century: from Hindi.