An·​ko·​le-Wa·​tu·​si | \ aŋ-ˈkō-lē-wä-ˈtü-sē How to pronounce Ankole-Watusi (audio) \
plural Ankole-Watusi or Ankole-Watusis

Definition of Ankole-Watusi

: any of an African breed of medium-sized cattle that have very large, long horns and often a small hump on the neck A trio of Ankole-Watusi cattle made the Denver Zoo their new home Tuesday.Rocky Mountain News, 4 June 2008

Note: Ankole-Watusi cattle are typically considered the same as Ankole cattle or derived from them.

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First Known Use of Ankole-Watusi

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ankole-Watusi

ankole + watusi (alluding to Tutsi breeders of the cattle in Rwanda and Burundi)

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“Ankole-Watusi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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