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hartebeest

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noun harte·beest \ˈhär-tə-ˌbēst\

Definition of hartebeest

  1. :  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



Origin of hartebeest

obsolete Afrikaans (now hartbees), from Dutch, from hart deer + beest beast


First Known Use: 1786


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