plural defassa
: a large gray African antelope (Kobus defassa) having a shaggy coat and spreading ringed horns

called also waterbuck

Word History


New Latin (specific epithet of Kobus defassa), from Latin, defassa, defessa, feminine of defassus, defessus, past participle of defatisci, defetisci to become tired, weak, from de- + fatisci to become weak, tired; akin to Latin fatigare to weary, fatigue

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“Defassa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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