[hahr-tuh-beest, hahrt-beest] /ˈhɑr təˌbist, ˈhɑrtˌbist/

noun, plural hartebeests (especially collectively) hartebeest.
any large African antelope of the genus Alcelaphus, having ringed horns that curve backward: some species are endangered.
any of several related African antelopes, as certain species of the genus Damaliscus.
either of two large African antelopes, Alcelaphus buselaphus or A. lichtensteini, having an elongated muzzle, lyre-shaped horns, and a fawn-coloured coat
any similar and related animal, such as Damaliscus hunteri (Hunter’s hartebeest)

1786, from Afrikaans, from Dutch hertebeest “antelope,” from hert “hart” (see hart) + beest “beast, ox” (in S.African Dutch “steer, cattle”), from Middle Dutch beeste, from Old French beste “beast” (see beast).


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