from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The wild goat of the Pyrenees; an ibex.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A variety of the chamois found in the Pyrenees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic The Pyrenean chamois.


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  • No living creature appeared, except the izard, scrambling among the rocks, and often hanging upon points so dangerous, that fancy shrunk from the view of them.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • Emily wished to trip along the turf, so green and bright with dew, and to taste the full delight of that liberty, which the izard seemed to enjoy as he bounded along the brow of the cliffs; while

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • At a little distance, was discovered a rude and dangerous passage, formed by an enormous pine, which, thrown across the chasm, united the opposite precipices, and which had been felled probably by the hunter, to facilitate his chace of the izard, or the wolf.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • Blanche viewed the scene in silence, and listened with enthusiasm to the murmur of the pines, that extended in dark lines along the mountains, and to the faint voice of the izard, among the rocks, that came at intervals on the air.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • He'd been studyin 'Injuns all his life an' he knowed 'em frum a ter izard.

    The Southerner A Romance of the Real Lincoln

  • No bear swung across the path, no izard showed itself on the cliffs.

    Under the Red Robe

  • The izard, or chamois of the Pyrenees, has been _mariné_ or soaked for some time in wine, vinegar, bay leaves, and other herbs.

    The Gourmet's Guide to Europe

  • In the tiny chalets perched on the mountain ridges, folks literally dwell in cloudland, and enjoy a kind of supernal existence, having for near neighbours the eagles in their eyries and the fleet-footed chamois or izard.

    In the Heart of the Vosges And Other Sketches by a "Devious Traveller"

  • The izard or Pyrenean chamois, although hunted as game, is not yet a survival here, nor the eagle and bear, the latter only making its appearance in winter-time.

    In the Heart of the Vosges And Other Sketches by a "Devious Traveller"

  • Where the izard flits fine through the cold solitudes;



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  • A type of ibex (a wild goat); can also be spelt isard or izzard, which has another meaning (q.v.)

    Could conceivably be the answer to an infuriatingly tedious cryptic crossword clue about Christmas lizards, of course.

    October 4, 2007

  • Oooh, another ungulate!

    October 4, 2007

  • Only trivet gets excited by ungulates. ;-)

    October 4, 2007

  • Look who's talking, weasel-lover :P

    October 4, 2007

  • HAHA! Busted! :-D

    October 4, 2007