noun \nē-ˈä-lə\
plural nyalas or nyala

Definition of NYALA

:  an antelope (Tragelaphus angasii) of southeastern Africa with vertical white stripes on the sides of the body, a dorsal crest of hair from the neck to the base of the tail, and in the male shaggy black hair along the underside; also :  a related antelope (T. buxtoni) of Ethiopia

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Origin of NYALA

of Bantu origin; akin to Venda dzì-nyálà nyala buck
First Known Use: 1899


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Slender antelope (Tragelaphus angasii) of South Africa having a crest of hair along the back from head to tail and standing 106 cm (42 in.). The male, which has loosely spiraled horns and a long fringe on the throat and underparts, is dark brown with reddish brown on the lower legs, white on the face and neck, and vertical white stripes on the body. The female is reddish brown with more conspicuous striping. Nyalas live alone or in small groups in forests. The rare mountain nyala (T. buxtoni) of central Ethiopia is grayish brown.


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