noun \ˈhär-tə-ˌbēst\

Definition of HARTEBEEST

:  either of two large African antelopes (Alcelaphus buselaphus and Sigmoceros lichtensteinii) with long faces and short annulate divergent horns; also :  a smaller antelope (Damaliscus hunteri) of eastern Africa having a horizontal white line between the eyes


obsolete Afrikaans (now hartbees), from Dutch, from hart deer + beest beast
First Known Use: 1786


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Coke's hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus cokii).—Leonard Lee Rue III

Either of two species of swift, slender antelope (genus Alcelaphus) found in herds on open plains and scrublands of sub-Saharan Africa. They often mingle with herds of other antelope or zebras. Hartebeests stand about 4 ft (1.2 m) tall at the shoulder, and the back slopes downward from heavy forequarters to narrow hindquarters. The long face is accentuated, in both sexes, by ringed, lyre-shaped horns united at the base. The red hartebeest is pale reddish brown with a lighter rump. Two subspecies (Swayne's hartebeest and the tora) are listed as endangered.


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