Definition of hartebeest
: either of two large African antelopes (Alcelaphus buselaphus and Sigmoceros lichtensteinii) with long faces and short annulate divergent horns; also : a smaller antelope (Damaliscus hunteri) of eastern Africa having a horizontal white line between the eyes
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Most of the animal bones come from gazelles, but there were also the cut and broken bones of hartebeests, wildebeests, zebras, buffalos, porcupines, hares, tortoises, freshwater mollusks, snakes and ostrich eggs.
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Origin and Etymology of hartebeest
obsolete Afrikaans (now hartbees), from Dutch, from hart deer + beest beast
First Known Use: 1786See Words from the same year
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