: a large wild ox (Bos gaurus) of India and southeast Asia with a broad forehead and short thick curved horns

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Examples of gaur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the Anaimalai Hills, enormous gaur move between tea estates and patches of rain forest. Dorothy Wickenden, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2022 Standing incongruously in narrow pathways among tea bushes were three gigantic gaur: Indian bison, six feet at the shoulder and weighing more than a ton. Dorothy Wickenden, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2022

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Word History


Hindi, from Sanskrit gaura; akin to Sanskrit go bull, cow — more at cow

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gaur was in 1806

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“Gaur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaur. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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