ny·​a·​la nē-ˈä-lə How to pronounce nyala (audio)
plural nyalas or nyala
: an antelope (Tragelaphus angasii) of southeastern Africa with vertical white stripes on the sides of the body, a dorsal crest of hair from the neck to the base of the tail, and in the male shaggy black hair along the underside
also : a related antelope (T. buxtoni) of Ethiopia

Illustration of nyala

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Examples of nyala in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, some koala joeys make a big move, while a young nyala must be hand-raised before returning to its herd. Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2021

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Word History


of Bantu origin; akin to Venda dzì-nyálà nyala buck

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nyala was in 1899

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“Nyala.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nyala. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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