noun, plural nyl·ghaus, (especially collectively) nyl·ghau.

Nearby words

  1. nyerere, julius kambarage,
  2. nyet,
  3. nykvist,
  4. nykøbing,
  5. nylghai,
  6. nylon,
  7. nylon letdown,
  8. nylons,
  9. nyman,
  10. nyme


or nyl·ghai, nyl·ghau


noun, plural nil·gais, (especially collectively) nil·gai.

a large, Indian antelope, Boselaphus tragocamelus, the male of which is bluish gray with small horns, the female tawny and hornless.

Origin of nilgai

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

Also called blue bull.

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Examples from the Web for nylghau

  • No; the big, solid-hoofed antelope that eats like nylghau or quagga.

    Charge!|George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for nylghau


noun plural -ghau or -ghaus

another name for nilgai


nilghau or nylghau (ˈnɪlɡɔː)

noun plural -gai, -gais, -ghau or -ghaus

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

Word Origin for nilgai

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

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