kudu

noun
ku·​du | \ˈkü-(ˌ)dü \
variants: or less commonly
plural kudu or kudus also koodoo or koodoos

Definition of kudu 

: a large grayish brown African antelope (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) with large annulated spirally twisted horns also : a related antelope (T. imberbis)

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There is now a very proud kudu head hanging on my living room wall. Bella English, BostonGlobe.com, "A vacation sequel as good as the original," 13 Feb. 2018 The researchers focused on large plant-eaters—elephants, hippos, kudu—as information on small animals in conflict zones is hard to come by. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "The Animal Cost of War," 11 Jan. 2018 Herds of kudu, impala, zebras and springbok cautiously tiptoed to quench their thirst, mindful of the predators in the bush. charlotteobserver, "Mourning a friend, Charlotte man found healing – amid surreal African beauty," 27 Oct. 2017 Onguma’s guides treated me to numerous sightings of various antelope — kudu, steenbok, and oryx, to name a few — and my favorite of them all: the tiny dik dik, standing little more than a foot high at the shoulder. Eric Vohr, Philly.com, "Wildlife in Namibia? Follow the water," 15 Sep. 2017 Two greater kudu, a type of African antelope, died during the storm, according to a news release from the zoo. Shelby Reynolds, USA TODAY, "Alligators? Check. Naples Zoo starts recovery from Hurricane Irma," 14 Sep. 2017 Onguma’s guides treated me to numerous sightings of various antelope — kudu, steenbok and oryx, to name a few — and my favorite of them all: the tiny dik dik, standing little more than a foot high at the shoulder. Eric Vohr, chicagotribune.com, "Sparsely populated Namibia delivers lots of surprises for safari-goers," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of kudu

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kudu

Afrikaans koedoe, from Khoikhoi kudu-b, kudu-s

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