nounpl. -·la or -·las
any of several antelopes (genus Tragelaphus) of E Africa, with large, spiral horns
Origin of nyalafrom name in a language of eastern Africa
nounpl. nyala, or nya·las
Either of two African antelopes of the genus Tragelaphus having vertical white stripes on the body, especially T. angasii of southeast Africa, the male of which has spirally twisted horns and long black hair along the neck and underside.
Origin of nyalaTsonga (Bantu language of South Africa or Mozambique) and Venda nyala
- A south African antelope, Tragelaphus angasii, with thin white stripes in the grey or brown coat, a ridge of tufted hair running all along the spine, and long horns with a spiral twist.