harte·beest | \ˈhär-tə-ˌbēst \

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. Bill Lindelof, sacbee.com, "Gazelle with occasional ostrich egg on menu for earliest humans, says UC Davis researcher," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of hartebeest

1786, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hartebeest

obsolete Afrikaans (now hartbees), from Dutch, from hart deer + beest beast

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