nyala

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noun ny·a·la \nē-ˈä-lə\

Definition of nyala

plural

nyalas

or

nyala

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of nyala

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


First Known Use: 1899


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