: any of a genus (Hemitragus) of wild Asian goats
especially : one (H. jemlahicus) of the Himalayas having a reddish-brown to dark brown coat and a long shaggy mane

Examples of tahr in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The natural predator of the Arabian tahr is the Arabian leopard. Amiah Taylor, Discover Magazine, 10 Jan. 2024 Big game species include Himalayan tahr, a type of wild goat; chamois, a goat-antelope bovine; and wapiti deer. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 The tahr was a Himalayan goat that had escaped from Rhodes’s menagerie and colonized Table Mountain, making life hard for local klipspringer populations. Hedley Twidle, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Hunters documented the number of chamois and tahr, exotic species of mountain goat introduced to New Zealand in the early 20th century. New York Times, 14 Feb. 2018

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Word History


Nepali thār

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tahr was in 1835

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“Tahr.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tahr. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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