wil·​de·​beest | \ ˈwil-də-ˌbēst How to pronounce wildebeest (audio) \
plural wildebeests also wildebeest

Definition of wildebeest

: either of two large African antelopes (Connochaetes gnou and C. taurinus) with a head like that of an ox, short mane, long tail, and horns in both sexes that curve downward and outward

called also gnu

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Examples of wildebeest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Luxury mobile tented camps that follow the annual wildebeest migration are popular, especially when booked exclusively for a family or group of friends. Allison Olmsted, Forbes, 7 June 2022 On the other hand, black wildebeest are producing more young, say the Tompkins, perhaps as a reaction to lions preying on the species. CNN, 27 Jan. 2022 Central Serengeti is famous for its rhino, leopard, lion, and wildebeest sightings. Lavanya Sunkara, Travel + Leisure, 19 Dec. 2021 Packs can easily take down an impala or a wildebeest. Saima Sidik, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Aug. 2021 Imagine a grand and glorious male lion, six feet long and weighing at least 400 pounds, in a fight to death with a pack of hyenas over a juicy wildebeest kill. Travel + Leisure, 30 July 2021 One of the most famous herd movements is the blue wildebeest between wet and dry seasonal ranges in the Serengeti ecosystem of Africa. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2021 They'll be taken to bucket-list destinations, including Kenya's Masai Mara — best known for its wildebeest migration — and Kruger National Park in South Africa. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 20 May 2021 The wildebeest will retreat to the far end of their exhibit, away from the source of the noise. BostonGlobe.com, 10 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wildebeest

circa 1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wildebeest

Afrikaans wildebees, from wilde wild + bees ox

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“Wildebeest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wildebeest. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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wil·​de·​beest | \ ˈwil-də-ˌbēst How to pronounce wildebeest (audio) \

Kids Definition of wildebeest

: a large African antelope with a head like that of an ox, curving horns, a short mane, and long tail

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