[wil-duh-beest, vil-]
noun, plural wildebeests (especially collectively) wildebeest.

1830–40; < Afrikaans wildebees < Dutch wildebeest, equivalent to wild wild + beest beast

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wildebeest (ˈwɪldɪˌbiːst, ˈvɪl-)
n , pl -beests, -beest
another name for gnu
[C19: from Afrikaans, literally: wild beast]

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Word Origin & History

1838, from S. African Du. (in modern Afrikaans wildebees, pl. wildebeeste), lit. "wild beast," from Du. wild "wild" (see wild (adj.)) + beest "beast, ox" (in S.African Du. "steer, cattle"), from M.Du. beeste, from O.Fr. beste "beast" (see beast).
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Example sentences
He has honed his distressed wildebeest calf call to get his subjects' attention.
Flocks of, say, starlings or herds of wildebeest do not count as real societies.
Inevitably, however, the spectacular herd of wildebeest or whatever was way off on the horizon-and there was no way to get close.
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