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 kudu

Historical Examples of kudu

  • The kudu, one of the handsomest of the antelopes, is a remarkable animal in several ways.

  • The kudu business was about finished, as far as this place went, so we decided to take a look for the lions.

    The Land of Footprints

    Stewart Edward White

  • 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 Land of Footprints

    Stewart Edward White

  • 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

    John T. McCutcheon

British Dictionary definitions for 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 kudu

African antelope, 1777, from Xosa-Kaffir iqudu.

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