nyala

[ nyah-luh ]
/ ˈnyɑ lə /

noun

an antelope, Tragelaphus angasii, of southeastern Africa, the male of which has a grayish body marked with white stripes.

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Origin of nyala

1895–1900; <Venda (Bantu language of the Transvaal and Zimbabwe) (dzì)-nyálà nyala buck; or < a cognate Bantu word

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British Dictionary definitions for nyala

nyala
/ (ˈnjɑːlə) /

noun plural -la or -las

a spiral-horned southern African antelope, Tragelaphus angasi, with a fringe of white hairs along the length of the back and neck
mountain nyala a similar and related Ethiopian animal, T. buxtoni, lacking the white crest

Word Origin for nyala

from Zulu
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