[ wil-duh-beest, vil- ]
/ ˈwɪl dəˌbist, ˈvɪl- /

noun, plural wil·de·beests, (especially collectively) wil·de·beest.

Origin of wildebeest

1830–40; < Afrikaans wildebees < Dutch wildebeest, equivalent to wild wild + beest beast
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/ (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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Word Origin and History for wildebeest



1838, from S. African Dutch (in modern Afrikaans wildebees, plural wildebeeste), literally "wild beast," from Dutch wild "wild" (see wild (adj.)) + beest "beast, ox" (in S.African Dutch "steer, cattle"), from Middle Dutch beeste, from Old French beste "beast" (see beast).

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