ku·​du | \ ˈkü-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce kudu (audio) \
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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Examples of kudu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web African farmers, ranchers and sportsmen have been hunting native impala, oryx, blesbok, warthogs, kudu, wildebeest, waterbuck, and all the rest (even buffalo, lion, and elephant) with medium caliber, medium power cartridges for more than a century. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "Best Calibers For Africa Plains Game," 13 Jan. 2020 For National Geographic Traveler, he's covered a lot of ground–canoeing the Yukon, hiking Chiapas jungles at night, looking for kudu in Kenya, sizing up camels at UAE markets, and creating itineraries out of David Bowie's bio. Robert Reid, National Geographic, "Robert Reid," 5 Oct. 2019 The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has announced the birth of one lesser kudu and the death of another. USA TODAY, "‘Nightmare’ roof, fire-starting drones, Pennywise Jeep: News from around our 50 states," 29 Oct. 2019 Buffalo stand and stare, and spry kudu sprint away from passing safari cars. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Inside Prince Harry's efforts to preserve African parks," 30 Sep. 2019 Springbok and kudu are overpopulated in parts of South Africa, so the government grants certain South African tribes a certain number of the animals to cull to help manage the population. Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, "Should Fur Be Illegal?," 13 Sep. 2019 Como’s herd can be viewed daily in the outdoor zebra and kudu exhibit between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nick Woltman, Twin Cities, "Como Zoo welcomes second baby zebra in as many months," 24 July 2019 Not regular ram’s horn shofars, but the long curved Yemeni instruments made from the horn of the greater kudu, an African antelope. The Economist, "Obituary: Jennie Litvack died on June 27th," 11 July 2019 The best time to go may be in April, when large herds of elephants, buffalo, kudu, and the elusive eland return to the four (or mana in the local language) large permanent pools along the south bank of the Zambezi River after the rainy season. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, "17 unforgettable African safaris," 14 June 2019

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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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Last Updated

23 Jan 2020

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“Kudu.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kudu. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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