- a large African antelope, Tragelaphus strepsiceros, the male of which has large corkscrewlike horns.
Origin of kudu
1770–80; < Afrikaans koedoe < Khoikhoi ǂkudu
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Examples from the Web for kudu
The kudu, one of the handsomest of the antelopes, is a remarkable animal in several ways.The Human Side of Animals
The kudu business was about finished, as far as this place went, so we decided to take a look for the lions.
He reported none but old tracks of kudu, but said he had seen eight lions not far from our encounter of the day before.
The Masai are not hunters of big game except lions, but they eat the eland and kudu.
The kudu is largely protected in East Africa, and in my shooting experience I was not in a district where he was to be found.In Africa</p>
John T. McCutcheon
- either of two spiral-horned antelopes, Tragelaphus strepsiceros (greater kudu) or T. imberbis (lesser kudu), which inhabit the bush of Africa
C18: from Afrikaans koedoe, probably from Khoi
Word Origin and History for kudu
African antelope, 1777, from Xosa-Kaffir iqudu.
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