chiru

noun
\ ˈchir-(ˌ)ü How to pronounce chiru (audio) \

Definition of chiru

: an antelope (Pantholops hodgsoni) chiefly of the Tibetan Plateau having a pinkish-fawn wooly coat and in the male long nearly straight horns

Examples of chiru in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now only about 100,000 to 150,000 chiru can be found on the Tibetan Plateau. Michael Holtz, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Aug. 2017 Less engrossing is time spent with the chiru, a type of antelope, filmed in the Kekexili National Nature Reserve. The News-herald, The Denver Post, 21 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of chiru

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chiru

probably of Tibeto-Burman origin

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“Chiru.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chiru. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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