Mongolian edit

Etymology edit

Unknown, sometimes compared with Chinese 麒麟 (qílín).

Found in Yuan-era Middle Mongol glossary as (/⁠kers⁠/, rhinoceros, unicorn), but not present in modern languages other than Mongolian.

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

хирс (xirs) (Mongolian spelling ᠬᠡᠷᠢᠰ (keris)); (regular declension)

  1. rhinoceros

See also edit

Tajik edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Iranian *Hŕ̥šah, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *Hŕ̥ćšas, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ŕ̥tḱos.

Noun edit

Dari خرس
Iranian Persian
Tajik хирс

хирс (xirs)

  1. bear

Yagnobi edit

Etymology edit

From Tajik.

Noun edit

хирс (xirs)

  1. bear