noun, plural koo·doos.


or koo·doo



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 koodoo

Historical Examples of koodoo

  • A pen had been built for the koodoo, and into this the two animals were now introduced.

    In the Wilds of Africa

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Koodoo, pronghorn,” said Mr Rogers, looking at the herd through his glass.

    Off to the Wilds

    George Manville Fenn

  • There is no mane on the back of the neck, as is the case with the koodoo.

    Bible Animals;

    J. G. Wood

  • I frequently came across the tracks of koodoo, but never saw one.

  • At length a single animal appeared, a koodoo buck that somehow had got mixed up with the cattle.

    Child of Storm

    H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for koodoo



a variant spelling of kudu




either of two spiral-horned antelopes, Tragelaphus strepsiceros (greater kudu) or T. imberbis (lesser kudu), which inhabit the bush of Africa

Word Origin for kudu

C18: from Afrikaans koedoe, probably from Khoi
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Word Origin and History for koodoo



African antelope, 1777, from Xosa-Kaffir iqudu.

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