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nilgai

or nyl·ghai, nyl·ghau

[ nil-gahy ]

noun

, plural nil·gais, (especially collectively) nil·gai.
  1. a large, Indian antelope, Boselaphus tragocamelus, the male of which is bluish gray with small horns, the female tawny and hornless.


nilgai

/ ˈnɪlɡɔː; ˈnɪlɡaɪ /

noun

  1. 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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of nilgai1

First recorded in 1880–85, nilgai is from the Hindi word nīlgāy literally, blue cow
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Word History and Origins

Origin of nilgai1

C19: from Hindi nīlgāw blue bull, from Sanskrit nīla dark blue + go bull
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Example Sentences

For example, the castrated Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus) acquires horns, but not the characteristic male colour.

We are not like Antelope or Nilgai, who go without water for days and days.

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