hartebeest

hartebeest

[hahr-tuh-beest, hahrt-beest]
noun, plural hartebeests (especially collectively) hartebeest.
1.
any large African antelope of the genus Alcelaphus, having ringed horns that curve backward: some species are endangered.
2.
any of several related African antelopes, as certain species of the genus Damaliscus.

Origin:
1780–90; < Afrikaans; see hart, beast

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hartebeest or hartbeest (ˈhɑːtɪˌbiːst, ˈhɑːtˌbiːst)
 
n
1.  either of two large African antelopes, Alcelaphus buselaphus or A. lichtensteini, having an elongated muzzle, lyre-shaped horns, and a fawn-coloured coat
2.  any similar and related animal, such as Damaliscus hunteri (Hunter's hartebeest)
 
[C18: via Afrikaans from Dutch; see hart, beast]
 
hartbeest or hartbeest
 
n
 
[C18: via Afrikaans from Dutch; see hart, beast]

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hartebeest
1786, from Afrikaans, from Du. hertebeest "antelope," from hert "hart" + beest "beast."
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