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

  • n. See gnu.

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  • n. Gnu.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The gnu.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The gnu.

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  • n. large African antelope having a head with horns like an ox and a long tufted tail

Etymologies

Obsolete Afrikaans : Middle Dutch wild, wild + Middle Dutch beeste, beast (from Old French beste; see beast).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch, wild ("wild") + beest ("beast") and later Afrikaans, wild ("wild") + beeste ("cattle") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The wildebeest, which is a big antelope which was designed to try to look like a buffalo or bison, gives off terrifying noises in the effort to seem a dangerous beast.

    Hemingway on Hunting

  • Animals such as wildebeest that migrate or have very large home ranges can spend significant time outside the protected areas, where they are known to be more vulnerable, the scientists add.

    Africa's national parks failing to conserve large mammals, study shows

  • During drought, large herbivores such as wildebeest, eland, and hartebeest move in search of surface water.

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  • For example, much of the work I conducted on the applicability of this method to tropical taxa such as wildebeest and zebra, was done in the context of Hadza hunter-gatherers in East Africa.

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  • Some of the other places of interest include Johannesburg Lion Park, a reserve and breeding research station that is spread across 500 acres and features around 80 lions as well as other wild animals such as wildebeest, impala, blesbok, gemsbok, ostrich and zebras.

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  • If I were David Attenborough, I'd deliberately get savaged by some kind of wildebeest / sea creature when I'd had enough of it all.

    Planet Atheism

  • He explained that the world's natural grasslands when grazed naturally by animals such as wildebeest, could lock in or sequester massive amounts of carbon.

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  • Each January, when 2 million wildebeest and zebra give birth amid the heroic landscape of the southern grass plains, a scene of biblical splendor unfolds.

    Andrew Harper: Serengeti Requiem?

  • It is predicted that the migration will effectively cease, the wildebeest population will collapse and life will become a great deal easier for poachers.

    Andrew Harper: Serengeti Requiem?

  • I feel like a wildebeest, pressed by the herd till I'm right at the edge, facing a lion.

    The subject was her. He was the object.

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