Etymology
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wildebeest (n.)

1838, from South African Dutch (in modern Afrikaans wildebees, plural wildebeeste), literally "wild beast," from Dutch wild "wild" (see wild (adj.)) + beest "beast, ox" (in South African Dutch "steer, cattle"), from Middle Dutch beeste, from Old French beste "beast" (see beast).

updated on April 06, 2014

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Definitions of wildebeest from WordNet

wildebeest (n.)
large African antelope having a head with horns like an ox and a long tufted tail;
Synonyms: gnu
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