ku·​du ˈkü-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce kudu (audio)
variants or less commonly koodoo
plural kudu or kudus also koodoo or koodoos
: a large grayish brown African antelope (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) with large annulated spirally twisted horns
also : a related antelope (T. imberbis)

Illustration of kudu

Illustration of kudu

Examples of kudu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her guiding skills led us to incredible sightings, including a pair of lions chasing a herd of kudu, a pod of hippos sunning themselves, and dozens of elephants enjoying a mud bath. Sandra MacGregor, Travel + Leisure, 23 Dec. 2023 The morning may have started with an abundance of zebra herds — also known as dazzles or zeals of zebra — but it’s evolved into a Noah’s Ark-like afternoon, complete with elephants, wildebeest, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, kudu, and fish eagles. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 9 Dec. 2023 This was true for 95 percent of the animal species observed, including giraffes, leopards, hyenas, zebras, kudu, warthogs, impalas and rhinos. Daniel Lingenhöhl, Scientific American, 18 Oct. 2023 But on that morning, the park’s open vistas allowed for herds of buffalo to gather unimpeded as kudu looked on, preening and showing off their spiral horns. Tayari Jones, Travel + Leisure, 26 July 2023 At the heart of the compound, there’s a 51-acre exotic animal reserve, and the $22.95-million price tag includes a giraffe, a dozen zebras, six African antelopes, a kudu and a llama — as well as a pair of desert tortoises that hang out by the barn, according to the listing. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2022 The kudu will wake in a matter of minutes. Lois Parshley, Scientific American, 1 May 2018 In the courtyard, an old man in a blue polo and a rumpled bathing suit was trying to coax a captive kudu—a species of large antelope, with corkscrew horns—into standing with him for a selfie. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Hunting with this for steenbuck, blesbuck, warthog, and kudu was akin to grocery shopping with a stick-shift Corvette. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 2 Mar. 2020

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kudu was in 1777

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“Kudu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kudu. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants also koodoo
plural kudu or kudus also koodoo or koodoos
: a large grayish brown African antelope with long twisted horns

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