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 (här′tə-bēst′, härt′bēst′)
n. pl. har·te·beests or hartebeest
Any of various large African antelopes of the genus Alcelaphus, having a tan to reddish-brown coat, a long narrow head, and ringed, outward-curving horns.

[Obsolete Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch, variant of hertebeest : hert, deer; see ker- in Indo-European roots + beest, beast (from Old French beste; see beast).]


(ˈhɑːtɪˌbiːst) or


1. (Animals) either of two large African antelopes, Alcelaphus buselaphus or A. lichtensteini, having an elongated muzzle, lyre-shaped horns, and a fawn-coloured coat
2. (Animals) any similar and related animal, such as Damaliscus hunteri (Hunter's hartebeest)
[C18: via Afrikaans from Dutch; see hart, beast]


(ˈhɑr təˌbist, ˈhɑrtˌbist)

n., pl. -beests, (esp. collectively) -beest.
any large African antelope of the genus Alcelaphus, having ringed horns that curve backward.
[1780–90; < Afrikaans]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hartebeest - a large African antelope with lyre-shaped horns that curve backward
antelope - graceful Old World ruminant with long legs and horns directed upward and backward; includes gazelles; springboks; impalas; addax; gerenuks; blackbucks; dik-diks
Alcelaphus, genus Alcelaphus - African antelopes: hartebeests


[ˈhɑːtɪˌbiːst] nalcelafo
References in classic literature ?
Beyond, grazing herds of zebra, hartebeest, and topi dotted the level landscape, while closer to the river a bull buffalo, his head and shoulders protruding from the reeds watched the advancing blacks for a moment, only to turn at last and disappear into the safety of his dank and gloomy retreat.
The five day/six nights deal, which starts at PS1,700, earmarks five animals: "1 x kudu or waterbuck or wildebeest or hartebeest, 4 x impala or springbuck or
Aldebaran was seen as a male hartebeest, and Betelgeuse as its mate.
At a price comparable to a guided caribou hunt, you can kill a half-dozen or more animals such as kudu, gemsbok, zebra, wildebeest, and hartebeest.
Hopefully we would encounter Uganda kob, Jackson's hartebeest, Uganda Defassa waterbuck and maybe, just maybe, Nile buffalo.
The Bubal hartebeest is extinct; the scimitar horned oryx is extinct in the wild; and the African wild dog and African lion have vanished from the Sahara.
Namibia has three subspecies of "beests" -- the blue, the black and the red hartebeest, each very interesting and distinctly different.
Large game species consists of Kudu, Oryx and Red Hartebeest while small game species consists of Springbok and Warthog.
They therefore preferred to identify the yahmur "as the hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus), as is also suggested in the translation of the Septuagint and the Vulgate.
Bovids (Bos primigenius or aurochs) are predominant (over 75 per cent of the total number of drawings), followed by birds, hippopotami, gazelle, fish and hartebeest (Figure 2).
Existing paintings of hunting dogs carrying their own bows and arrows, tales of the quarrelsome and mischievous baboons that were once ordinary men and could still converse with the San, and many references to the praying mantis that at will changes into a beggar, a hunter, a god or just a hartebeest testify to this state of affairs (Miller 1979: 16).