nilgai

(redirected from nilgais)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

nil·gai

 (nĭl′gī)
n. pl. nil·gais or nilgai
A large brown or bluish-gray antelope (Boselaphus tragocamelus) native to India, Nepal, and Pakistan, the male of which has short, sturdy horns and strands of long hair hanging down from the throat.

[Hindi nīlgāī, feminine of nīlgāw : nīl, dark blue (from Sanskrit nīla-) + gāw, ox, cow (from Sanskrit gauḥ; see gwou- in Indo-European roots).]

nilgai

(ˈnɪlɡaɪ) ,

nilghau

or

nylghau

n, pl -gai, -gais, -ghau or -ghaus
(Animals) a large Indian antelope, Boselaphus tragocamelus. The male is blue-grey with white markings and has small horns; the female is brownish and has no horns
[C19: from Hindi nīlgāw blue bull, from Sanskrit nīla dark blue + go bull]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nilgai - large Indian antelopenilgai - large Indian antelope; male is blue-grey with white markings; female is brownish with no horns
antelope - graceful Old World ruminant with long legs and horns directed upward and backward; includes gazelles; springboks; impalas; addax; gerenuks; blackbucks; dik-diks
Boselaphus, genus Boselaphus - Indian antelopes: nilgais
References in periodicals archive ?
It has become home to hundreds of nilgais, blackbucks, wild boars and hares.
They likened the nilgais to militants for the menace caused by them.
It takes one through beautiful green vistas and a few watering holes where animals such as antelopes, nilgais, hyena, jackals, among others, can be spotted.