wildebeest

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noun wil·de·beest \ˈwil-də-ˌbēst\

Definition of wildebeest

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wildebeests

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wildebeest

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of wildebeest

Afrikaans wildebees, from wilde wild + bees ox


First Known Use: circa 1824


WILDEBEEST Defined for English Language Learners

wildebeest

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noun wil·de·beest \ˈwil-də-ˌbēst\

Definition of wildebeest for English Language Learners

  • : a large African animal that has long curving horns


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wildebeest

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noun wil·de·beest \ˈwil-də-ˌbēst\

Definition of wildebeest for Students

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


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