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or nylghai, nylghau

[nil-gahy] /ˈnɪl gaɪ/
noun, plural nilgais (especially collectively) nilgai.
a large, Indian antelope, Boselaphus tragocamelus, the male of which is bluish gray with small horns, the female tawny and hornless.
Also called blue bull.
Origin of nilgai
First recorded in 1880-85, nilgai is from the Hindi word nīlgāy literally, blue cow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for nilgai
Historical Examples
  • We are not like Antelope or nilgai, who go without water for days and days.

    The Sa'-Zada Tales William Alexander Fraser
  • For example, the castrated nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus) acquires horns, but not the characteristic male colour.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for nilgai


noun (pl) -gai, -gais, -ghau, -ghaus
a large Indian antelope, Boselaphus tragocamelus. The male is blue-grey with white markings and has small horns; the female is brownish and has no horns
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi nīlgāw blue bull, from Sanskrit nīla dark blue + go bull
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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