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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ankole-Watusi was in 1985

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“Ankole-Watusi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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