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[wil-duh-beest, vil-] /ˈwɪl dəˌbist, ˈvɪl-/
noun, plural wildebeests (especially collectively) wildebeest.
Origin of wildebeest
1830-40; < Afrikaans wildebees < Dutch wildebeest, equivalent to wild wild + beest beast Unabridged
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for wildebeest


/ˈwɪldɪˌbiːst; ˈvɪl-/
noun (pl) -beests, -beest
another name for gnu
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans, literally: wild beast
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Word Origin and History for wildebeest

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).

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