hartebeest [ hahr-t uh-beest, hahrt-beest] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural har·te·beests, ( especially collectively) har·te·beest. 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, bushbuck and antelope," replied the explorer calmly. British Dictionary definitions for hartebeest hartebeest hartbeest ( ˈhɑːtˌbiːst) noun 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) Word Origin for hartebeest
C18: via Afrikaans from Dutch; see
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Word Origin and History for hartebeest n.
1786, from Afrikaans, from Dutch
hertebeest "antelope," from hert "hart" (see hart) + beest "beast, ox" (in S.African Dutch "steer, cattle"), from Middle Dutch beeste, from Old French beste "beast" (see beast).
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