American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An African gazelle (Litocranius walleri) having long legs, a long slender neck, and backward-curving horns in the male.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The native name, adopted as a book-name, for Waller′ s gazelle, Lithocranius walleri, an excessively long-necked species found in East Africa.
- n. A long-necked gazelle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A slender East African antelope (Litocranius walleri) with a long slim neck and backward-curving horns; called also
Waller's gazelle, and in German Giraffengazelle. It feeds on the foliage of bushes and trees, and often stands erect on its hind legs, leaning against the bush, to browse on the higher branches; in this habit it is distinctive and easy to recognize.
- n. slender East African antelope with slim neck and backward-curving horns
- Somali garanūg, Waller's gazelle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“A gerenuk on tiptoes, entwined in a thorn tree, lipping away the tender leaves.”
“Presley, the 28th gerenuk calf to be born at DAK, weighed in at six pounds and approximately two feet tall, after a seven-month gestation.”
“A gerenuk, which in Somali means “giraffe-necked,” is an African antelope with a unique long neck allowing them to eat leaves off the tree versus savannah grass.”
“Typical size for an adult gerenuk is approximately three feet at the shoulder with a weight between 80 and 115 pounds.”
“Kingdon's illustrations will help you distinguish between a gerenuk and a springbuck, between a wild boar and a bush pig, and between bush hyrax and tree hyrax.”
“This represents the extent of some species like the gerenuk (Litocranius walleri), which is present in the north, but is absent in much of the south.”
“Excessive hunting had exterminated this antelope over much of its Somalian range by the 1980s but it is still distributed over a wide range in Ethiopia, the largest population found in the Awash Valley north of the Awash N.P. The gerenuk (Litocranius walleri) also occurs and has a wider distribution, extending further south into Kenya.”
“These were some of the smaller and mediumsized varieties - impala, Thompson's and Grant's gazelle, gerenuk and the like.”
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