What is wildebeest?

  • (noun): Large African antelope having a head with horns like an ox and a long tufted tail.
    Synonyms: gnu


The wildebeest ( /ˈwɪldəˌbiːst/ WIL-də-BEEST  or /ˈvɪl-/ VIL- , plural wildebeest or wildebeests, wildebeesties (juv)), also called the gnu ( /ˈnuː/ NOO  or /ˈnjuː/ NEW ) is an antelope of the genus Connochaetes. It is a hooved (ungulate) mammal. Wildebeest is Dutch for "wild beast" or "wild cattle" in Afrikaans (beest = cattle), while Connochaetes derives from the Greek words konnos (beard) and khaite (flowing hair). The name "gnu" originates from the Khoikhoi name for these animals, gnou.

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Dan And Nick: The Wildebeest Years - Forty Nights in The Wildebeest
... Forty Nights in the Wildebeest was the name of a follow-up series of six programmes, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the year 2000 ... It followed a similar format to The Wildebeest Years a quick-fire mixture of pun-laden short sketches and musical numbers ...
Blue Wildebeest
... The blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), also called the common wildebeest or the white-bearded wildebeest, is a large antelope and one of two species ...
Wildebeest - Legal Harvesting
... Wildebeest are killed for food, especially for biltong in Southern Africa ... Wildebeest are a regular target for illegal meat hunters because their numbers make them easy to find ... When preparing the wildebeest carcass, it is usually cut into 11 pieces ...
Dan And Nick: The Wildebeest Years
... Dan and Nick The Wildebeest Years was a BBC Radio 4 comedy series originally broadcast in seven episodes in 1998 ... series of a further six episodes was made, this time called Forty Nights in the Wildebeest ...
Alcelaphine Herpesvirus 2 - Range
... All species of African wildebeest and hartbeest can be infected or at least carry this virus ... form is primarily found in Africa, in the natural habitat of wildebeest, hartebeest, and topi ... in zoos and wild animal parks that also kept wildebeest ...