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[wil-duh-beest, vil-] /ˈwɪl dəˌbist, ˈvɪl-/
noun, plural wildebeests (especially collectively) wildebeest.
Origin of wildebeest
1830-40; < Afrikaans wildebees < Dutch wildebeest, equivalent to wild wild + beest beast Unabridged
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  • Enormous herds of hartebeest and wildebeest were on each side, and countless zebras.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • If I leaped down, the wildebeest would kill me to a certainty.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • What could there be in my wiping my face to provoke the wildebeest anew?

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • Hence their trivial names of “blauw” wildebeest and “brindled” gnoo.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • The Kaffir had shot a wildebeest, he said, but he had come to assist them in disposing of theirs.

    Hendricks the Hunter W.H.G. Kingston
  • The springboks did not interest them; but the flesh of the wildebeest would have been a treat to all.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • My first shot in Africa was at a wildebeest at three hundred yards.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • For the last half-hour I was too busy watching the manœuvres of the wildebeest bull, to take my gaze off him for a moment.

  • Some hunters brought in three wildebeest and an antelope this morning and the whole tribe's feasting up.

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for wildebeest


/ˈwɪldɪˌbiːst; ˈvɪl-/
noun (pl) -beests, -beest
another name for gnu
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans, literally: wild beast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wildebeest

1838, from S. African Dutch (in modern Afrikaans wildebees, plural wildebeeste), literally "wild beast," from Dutch wild "wild" (see wild (adj.)) + beest "beast, ox" (in S.African Dutch "steer, cattle"), from Middle Dutch beeste, from Old French beste "beast" (see beast).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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