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
Recent Examples of ibex from the Web
Spend the next day hiking among bands of Gelada monkeys and rare Walia ibex.
A look at his stomach contents in 2011 showed that the ice man’s last meal consisted of cooked grain and meat from an ibex, a type of wild goat.
For the elusive snow leopard in Kyrgyzstan, a satisfying meal consists of an ibex or an argali.
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Origin and Etymology of ibex
First Known Use: 1607See Words from the same year
IBEX Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ibex for English Language Learners
: a wild goat that lives chiefly in the mountains of Europe, Asia, and northeastern Africa
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Definition of ibex for Students
: 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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