Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A South African antelope (Damaliscus lunatus) having curved ridged horns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large African antelope (Alcelaphus tunata), similar to the hartebeest, but having its horns regularly curved.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large African antelope (Alcelaphus lunata), similar to the hartbeest, but having its horns regularly curved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bastard hartbeest, Damalis or Alcelaphus lunatus, of South Africa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large South African antelope; considered the swiftest hoofed mammal

Etymologies

Sotho (Tswana) tshêsêbê.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • [386-2] The sassaby is a large African antelope, resembling the hartbeest, but having regularly curved horns.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6

  • I had just cooked my breakfast, and commenced to feed, when I heard my men exclaim, "Almagtig keek de ghroote clomp cameel;" and, raising my eyes from the sassaby [386-2] stew, I beheld a truly beautiful and very unusual scene.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6

  • On, swifter than a sassaby and surer-footed than a fox; now the worst of the road was passed, and a long, smooth slope, almost free from stones, led them to the grassy plain beneath.

    Swallow: a tale of the great trek

  • There were all sorts of them, springbucks in myriads, blesbok and quagga and wildebeeste in thousands, sable antelope, sassaby and hartebeeste in herds, eland, giraffe and koodoo in troops; while the forests were full of elephant and the streams of sea-cow.

    Swallow: a tale of the great trek

  • At length, pushing on ahead, we saw before us a small antelope called a sassaby.

    My First Voyage to Southern Seas

  • "We have a grand supper to-night," said Alexander; "what shall I help you to -- harte-beest, sassaby, or rhinoceros?"

    The Mission; or Scenes in Africa

  • Swinton put aside the skin of the sassaby that he was cleaning, and walked with them to where the men were assembled, and was not a little surprised when he saw the skins and jaws of the lion and lioness.

    The Mission; or Scenes in Africa

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  • I'm more of a bastard potoroo.

    November 2, 2011

  • Funny, I think of bilby when I see this word.

    November 1, 2011