follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

wildebeest

[wil-duh-beest, vil-] /ˈwɪl dəˌbist, ˈvɪl-/
noun, plural wildebeests (especially collectively) wildebeest.
1.
gnu.
Origin of wildebeest
1830-1840
1830-40; < Afrikaans wildebees < Dutch wildebeest, equivalent to wild wild + beest beast
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for wildebeest
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Enormous herds of hartebeest and wildebeest were on each side, and countless zebras.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • If I leaped down, the wildebeest would kill me to a certainty.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • What could there be in my wiping my face to provoke the wildebeest anew?

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • Hence their trivial names of “blauw” wildebeest and “brindled” gnoo.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • The Kaffir had shot a wildebeest, he said, but he had come to assist them in disposing of theirs.

    Hendricks the Hunter W.H.G. Kingston
  • The springboks did not interest them; but the flesh of the wildebeest would have been a treat to all.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • My first shot in Africa was at a wildebeest at three hundred yards.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • For the last half-hour I was too busy watching the manœuvres of the wildebeest bull, to take my gaze off him for a moment.

  • Some hunters brought in three wildebeest and an antelope this morning and the whole tribe's feasting up.

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for wildebeest

wildebeest

/ˈwɪldɪˌbiːst; ˈvɪl-/
noun (pl) -beests, -beest
1.
another name for gnu
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans, literally: wild beast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for wildebeest
n.

1838, from S. African Dutch (in modern Afrikaans wildebees, plural wildebeeste), literally "wild beast," from Dutch wild "wild" (see wild (adj.)) + beest "beast, ox" (in S.African Dutch "steer, cattle"), from Middle Dutch beeste, from Old French beste "beast" (see beast).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for wildebeest

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for wildebeest

0
18
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for wildebeest