nil·​gai ˈnil-ˌgī How to pronounce nilgai (audio)
: a large bluish-gray antelope (Boselaphus tragocamelus) of India and eastern Pakistan with the male having short horns, a black mane, and tuft of long hair on the throat

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The areas of grassland habitat are ready to provide food for the animals that lions prey upon like nilgai (blue bull), chital (spotted deer), sambhar, chinkara. Anup Dutta, Quartz India, 27 Nov. 2019

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu nīlgāy

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nilgai was in 1871

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“Nilgai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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