Definition of chinkara in English:



  • (in South Asia) the Indian gazelle, which occurs from Iran to central India.

    Gazella bennettii, family Bovidae

    • ‘The chinkara scattered into the scrub as we approached but the blackbuck kept appearing and reappearing, leaping across our path as we drove through the desert.’
    • ‘A Jodhpur Sessions Court has stayed the one-year jail sentence against the Bollywood actor in the chinkara hunting case.’
    • ‘The existence of chinkara, flying fox, wolf, clawless otter, leopard cat and long-tailed tree mouse is doubtful, says the report.’
    • ‘The grasslands in the park consist of chinkara (the Indian gazelle), nilgai (the blue bull), chausingha (the four-horned antelope) and wild boar.’
    • ‘The CJM's court had convicted him for the killing of two chinkara deer on the night of September 26-27, 1998 at Bhavad village while acquitting seven others.’


Mid 19th century: from Hindi cikārā, from Sanskrit chikkāra.