One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the Pyrenees) a chamois.
- ‘The eagles were special, the livestock more ordinary but there was also the marmots the izards and the lizards.’
- ‘The typical flora and Pyrenean fauna make for a special place: pine forests, heather moors and humid areas provide the ideal habitat for grouses, crossbills, izards and hares.’
- ‘A little further away, in the Catalan Pyrenees, you can spot deer, brown bears and izards on hiking trails in summer or enjoy cross-country skiing as soon as it snows.’
Late 18th century: from French isard or Gascon isart, of unknown origin.
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