One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large wild goat with very long twisted horns, native to central Asia.
Capra falconeri, family Bovidae
- ‘One is shown hunting, and whereas its prey, the markhor or mountain goat, looks as craggy as the rocks it lives in, the snow leopard looks like an enormous kitten with butter-soft paws but with fantastic strength and lightning speed.’
- ‘Birmogh Lasht marks the fringes of Chitral Gol National Park, home to markhor, bears, wolves and a handful of elusive snow leopards.’
- ‘The markhor goat of Afghanistan climbs trees as high as 25 feet to eat leaves from trees.’
Mid 19th century: from Persian mār-ḵwār, from mār ‘serpent’ + ḵwār ‘-eating’.
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