nyala

noun
ny·​a·​la | \ nē-ˈä-lə How to pronounce nyala (audio) \
plural nyalas or nyala

Definition of 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

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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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First Known Use of nyala

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nyala

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

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“Nyala.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nyala. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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