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wildebeest

[ wil-duh-beest, vil- ]
/ ˈwɪl dəˌbist, ˈvɪl- /
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noun, plural wil·de·beests, (especially collectively) wil·de·beest.

gnu.

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Origin of wildebeest

1830–40; <Afrikaans wildebees<Dutch wildebeest, equivalent to wildwild + beestbeast
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wildebeest
/ (ˈwɪldɪˌbiːst, ˈvɪl-) /

noun plural -beests or -beest

another name for gnu

Word Origin for wildebeest

C19: from Afrikaans, literally: wild beast
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