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[koo-doo] /ˈku du/
a large African antelope, Tragelaphus strepsiceros, the male of which has large corkscrewlike horns.
Origin of kudu
1770-80; < Afrikaans koedoe < Khoikhoi ǂkudu Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kudu
  • He smears bitumen from an old car battery onto the end of the shaft, heats it again, and binds twine made of kudu sinew around it.
  • Locally extinct animals include eland, kudu, oryx and the wild dog.
  • They whittled one end to a point and tied bird feathers to the other with the tendons of the kudu antelope.
British Dictionary definitions for kudu


either of two spiral-horned antelopes, Tragelaphus strepsiceros (greater kudu) or T. imberbis (lesser kudu), which inhabit the bush of Africa
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans koedoe, probably from Khoi
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Word Origin and History for kudu

African antelope, 1777, from Xosa-Kaffir iqudu.

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