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catoblepas (n.)

a name given by ancient authors to some African animal (perhaps the gnu), late 14c., from Latin catoblepas, from Greek katobleps, from kato "downward" (related to cata-) + blepein "to look," but this might be ancient folk etymology.

A wylde beest that hyghte Catoblefas and hath a lytyll body and nyce in all membres and a grete heed hangynge alway to-warde the erth. [Bartholomew Glanville, c. 1360, "De proprietatibus rerum," translated by John of Trevisa]

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