Hartebeest definition

härtə-bēst, härtbēst
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Any of various large African antelopes of the genus Alcelaphus, having a tan to reddish-brown coat, a long narrow head, and ringed, outward-curving horns.
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Any of a genus (Alcelaphus) of large, swift African antelopes with long horns curved backward at the tips.
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A type of grassland antelope, Alcelaphus bucelaphus, native to parts of Africa.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of hartebeest - hartbeest

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hartebeest
Plural:
hartebeests

Origin of hartebeest

  • Obsolete Afrikaans from Middle Dutch variant of hertebeest hert deer ker-1 in Indo-European roots beest beast (from Old French beste beast)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Dutch hert (“hart”) + beest (“beast”).

    From Wiktionary