Definition of chiru in English:

chiru

Syllabification: chir·u
Pronunciation: /ˈCHirˌo͞o
 
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noun (plural same)

  • A sandy-colored gazelle with black horns, found on the Tibetan plateau. Also called Tibetan antelope.
    • Pantholops hodgsoni, family Bovidae
    More example sentences
    • Four mountaineers in the high steppes of northern Tibet and northeastern China have located the key calving ground of the chiru, a rare Tibetan antelope.
    • But Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan says he was inspired by the true story of the chiru - a rare antelope - and the Tibetan volunteers who risk their lives to protect the endangered antelope from poachers.
    • The soft wool of a rare Tibetan antelope, the chiru, has been so highly prized that the animal which numbered some million in 1900 is threatened with being hunted to extinction.

Origin

late 19th century: probably from Tibetan.

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