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[sas-uh-bee] /ˈsæs ə bi/
noun, plural sassabies.
a large, blackish-red South African antelope, Damaliscus lunatus, having curved horns.
1810-20; said to be < Tswana Unabridged
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noun (pl) -bies
an African antelope, Damaliscus lunatus, of grasslands and semideserts, having angular curved horns and an elongated muzzle: thought to be the swiftest hoofed mammal
Word Origin
C19: from Bantu tshêsêbê
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(genus Damaliscus), any of a few species of antelope belonging to the family Bovidae (order Artiodactyla) and inhabiting sub-Saharan grasslands, floodplains, and dense brush from western to eastern Africa and southward to southern Africa. Modern classifications are not uniform, but generally two subgenera and three species are recognized: the subgenus Beatragus, consisting of a single species, D. hunteri (Hunter's hartebeest, or hirola), found in eastern Kenya and southwestern Somalia; and the subgenus Damaliscus, consisting of two species, D. dorcas (the bontebok [subspecies D. dorcas dorcas] and the blesbok [subspecies D. dorcas phillipsi]) and D. lunatus (topi), ranging widely from Senegal to Ethiopia and to South Africa.

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