de·​fas·​sa | \ də̇ˈfasə \
plural defassa

Definition of defassa

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

called also waterbuck

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History and Etymology for defassa

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 24 Sep. 2020.

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