American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several wild goats of the genus Capra, especially C. ibex, native to mountainous regions of Eurasia and northern Africa and having long, ridged, backward-curving horns.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wild goat, the bouquetin, steinbok, or other species of the genus Ibex. There are several different species, inhabiting mountain-ranges of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the best-known of which, and the one to which the name was originally given, is the steinbok or bouquetin of the Alps and Apennines, Capra ibex or Ibex ibex. The male is about 4½ feet long, and 2 feet 8 inches high at the shoulders; it sometimes attains a weight of 200 pounds. The color is brownish- or reddish-gray in summer, and gray in winter. The horns are very large (sometimes 3 feet along the curve), closely approximated at the base, diverging regularly to the tip, curved sharply backward and outward, and longitudinally ridged on each side, the flattened front between the ridges being crossed with many transverse ridges or nodes. It has a short dark beard, and the ears and tail are partly white. The female is smaller, of a gray color, and its horns are shorter and more like those of the domestic goat. The kids are gray. The ibex of the Pyrenees is a closely related species, Ibex pyrenaica; its horns are more divergent for some distance and then incurved at the tip, presenting when viewed together from the front a resemblance to a lyre; each horn is compressed, and keeled in front. See
- n. [capitalized] A genus of ibexes, or a subgenus of Capra.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) One of several species of wild goats having very large, recurved horns, transversely ridged in front; -- called also
- n. wild goat of mountain areas of Eurasia and northern Africa having large recurved horns
- From Latin ībex ("chamois"), from Iberian or Aquitanian; akin to Old Spanish bezerro ("bull") (mod. becerro ("yearling")). (Wiktionary)
- Latin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Alps (_antelope rupicapra_); and in the same localities, but more rarely seen, the "bouquetin," or "tur" (_aigocerus pyrenaicus_) -- a species of ibex, _not_ identical with the _capra ibex_ of Linnaeus and the Alpine mountains.”
“Except just after changing their coats, when they are of a greyish hue, the general colour of the ibex is a dirty yellowish brown.”
“During last winter, the worst in Mongolia for decades, some 10 million head of livestock died, and the effect on the snow leopards' prey base chiefly a wild goat called ibex, and argali sheep”
“And do you know," chuckled Mary, "Bill sat down and gave up spelling the word -- and he doesn't know how to spell 'ibex' yet!”
“One myth per year is not an extravagant bag for any intelligent hunter; and it seems that the "ibex" will not down.”
“The open season on "ibex," of which one per year may be killed, may as well be continued.”
“In one of your letters you mention the Scind ibex, which is a wild goat.”
“There can be no doubt that the goats, both wild and tame -- including the ibex, which is a true wild goat -- form of themselves a separate family in the animal kingdom, easily distinguishable from sheep, deer, antelopes, or oxen.”
“The remote Northwestern Himalayan Alpine Shrub and Meadows ecoregion is some of the most intact and undisturbed habitat for the snow leopard (Uncia uncia), the Himalayan high-altitude carnivore that hunts large mountain ungulates such as ibex (Capra ibex), markhor (Capra falconeri), blue sheep (Pseudois nayur), and tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus).”
“This economy not only precisely captures the bison, horses and ibex of the painters' imaginations but also allows the cave walls to supply the interior modeling of the images.”
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