ibex

noun
\ ˈī-ˌbeks How to pronounce ibex (audio) \
plural ibex or ibexes

Definition of ibex

: any of several wild goats (genus Capra, especially C. ibex) living chiefly in high mountain areas of the Old World and having large recurved horns transversely ridged in front

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Recent Examples on the Web Watching this ibex scale a dam is both fascinating and extremely stressful. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for December 3: Covid-19, transition, census, China, Iran," 3 Dec. 2020 Until the late 1980s, the desolate, hilly chunk of desert was empty save for military bases, roaming herds of ibex and a few settlements of nomadic Bedouins. Yadid Levy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Wines From Israel’s Negev Desert May Represent the Future of Viticulture," 10 May 2020 Until the late 1980s, the desolate, hilly chunk of desert was empty save for military bases, roaming herds of ibex and a few settlements of nomadic Bedouins. Yadid Levy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Wines From Israel’s Negev Desert May Represent the Future of Viticulture," 10 May 2020 Other motifs found on the sandals range from a pair of cats to an ibex and a rosette. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Discover Teenage Mummy Buried With Trove of Ornate Jewelry," 7 May 2020 Until the late 1980s, the desolate, hilly chunk of desert was empty save for military bases, roaming herds of ibex and a few settlements of nomadic Bedouins. Yadid Levy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Wines From Israel’s Negev Desert May Represent the Future of Viticulture," 10 May 2020 Until the late 1980s, the desolate, hilly chunk of desert was empty save for military bases, roaming herds of ibex and a few settlements of nomadic Bedouins. Yadid Levy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Wines From Israel’s Negev Desert May Represent the Future of Viticulture," 10 May 2020 In the new report, the Walia ibex, endemic to Ethiopia, the Turks and Caicos rock iguana and the Yunnan Asian frog of China all showed genuine improvement and had their Red List status upgraded. Thomas Page, CNN, "European hamster, North Atlantic right whale among latest species to become critically endangered," 9 July 2020 Their prefered targets are the blue sheep (bharal) of Tibet and the Himalaya and the mountain ibex, which is found over most of the rest of their range. National Geographic, "ADAPTED TO THE EXTREME," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of ibex

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ibex

Latin

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“Ibex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ibex. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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ibex

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ibex

: a wild goat that lives chiefly in the mountains of Europe, Asia, and northeastern Africa

ibex

noun
\ ˈī-ˌbeks How to pronounce ibex (audio) \
plural ibex or ibexes

Kids Definition of ibex

: a wild goat that lives mostly in high mountains of Europe, Asia, and northeastern Africa and has large horns that curve backward

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