nil·​gai | \ ˈnil-ˌgī How to pronounce nilgai (audio) \

Definition of nilgai

: 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

Examples of nilgai in a Sentence

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, "Kuno is ready to become India’s second lion sanctuary, 29 years after it was identified," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of nilgai

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nilgai

Hindi & Urdu nīlgāy

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“Nilgai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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