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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.
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]
har•te•beest(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]
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|Noun||1.||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