- any large African antelope of the genus Alcelaphus, having ringed horns that curve backward: some species are endangered.
- any of several related African antelopes, as certain species of the genus Damaliscus.
Origin of hartebeest
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They are very fond of hartebeest, zebra, rhino, and especially hippo.
"Cokei" is the name given the hartebeest discovered by Coke, and so on.
Great numbers of Coke's hartebeest watched us with humorous interest.
They commence with a section or sub-family of which the type is the Hartebeest.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
"Hartebeest, bushbuck and antelope," replied the explorer calmly.The Blind Lion of the Congo
- either of two large African antelopes, Alcelaphus buselaphus or A. lichtensteini, having an elongated muzzle, lyre-shaped horns, and a fawn-coloured coat
- any similar and related animal, such as Damaliscus hunteri (Hunter's hartebeest)
C18: via Afrikaans from Dutch; see hart, beast
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Word Origin and History for hartebeest
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