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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Recent Examples on the Web East Africa’s great wildebeest migration, went largely unwatched this year as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are felt as far as the continent’s wilderness. BostonGlobe.com, "Virus cases are surging in Japan, and Abe may be bowing out," 5 Aug. 2020 My mouse was surrounded by herds of SUV wildebeests and towering semi-truck elephants. cleveland, "Mazda’s sporty MX-5 Miata is a great escape (review)," 30 May 2020 Watching a realistic wildebeest stampede, or Uncle Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofordoes the voice, less insidiously foppish than Jeremy Irons) crush the hopes and dreams of young Simba in lifelike scene after scene — these aren’t upgrades. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Lion King’ review: I cannot feel the love tonight," 10 July 2019 In 2016, the government included 12 antelope species, including wildebeests and impalas. Linda Nordling, Science | AAAS, "South Africa’s move to allow farming of lions and other wildlife is a bad idea, scientists say," 29 Jan. 2020 The longer option in the Serengeti gets you to the famed wildebeest migration. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "8 Countries, 21 Days, 1 Private Planet: The Ultimate Travel Bucket List Trip," 31 Oct. 2019 From the vast plains of Kruger National Park in South Africa, to the majestic migration of the wildebeest in Tanzania’s Serengeti, photos of these epic experiences tend to stay within a photography playbook. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Miss Universe Kenya Stacy Michuki's Stunning Safari Photoshoot Will Leave You Speechless," 22 Jan. 2020 African farmers, ranchers and sportsmen have been hunting native impala, oryx, blesbok, warthogs, kudu, wildebeest, waterbuck, and all the rest (even buffalo, lion, and elephant) with medium caliber, medium power cartridges for more than a century. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "Best Calibers For Africa Plains Game," 13 Jan. 2020 The park is also home to an array of wildlife, including the springbok, Cape mountain zebra, black wildebeest, and the bat-eared fox. Gulnaz Khan, National Geographic, "Looking to escape the cold? Head to South Africa," 19 Nov. 2019

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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 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wildebeest

: a large African animal that has long curving horns


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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