ibex

noun \ ˈī-ˌbeks \
Updated on: 8 Jan 2018

Definition of ibex

plural ibex or ibexes
: 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

Recent Examples of ibex from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ibex.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of ibex

Latin


IBEX Defined for English Language Learners

ibex

noun

Definition of ibex for English Language Learners

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


IBEX Defined for Kids

ibex

noun \ ˈī-ˌbeks \

Definition of ibex for Students

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

Learn More about ibex


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ibex? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to lessen the seriousness or strength of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's That From? A Word Origin Quiz

  • turris-babel-by-athanasius-kircher
  • What language gave the word robot to English?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!