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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).]
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(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]
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(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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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
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[ˈhɑːtɪˌbiːst] nalcelafo
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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.
Among the many animals observed were rhino, caracal, honey badgers, as well as lots of kudu, eland, warthog, oryx, and hartebeest and many smaller animals.
"COME ON, GET OUT OF THE WAY" I hissed under my breath at the immature red hartebeest drinking at the pan I'd monitored since shortly after sunup.
Many other species of game are also common, such as impala, mountain zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, and warthog.
We saw several kudu bulls, kudu cows, gemsbok, impala, black wildebeest, blue wildebeest, warthog, eland, red hartebeest and springbok during the morning.
corn) because he had the species I was interested in: Uganda kob, Nile bushbuck, Jackson's hartebeest, and the dealmaker, Nile buffalo--all animals I had never hunted before.
We were both elated over the trophies we had taken--two waterbucks, three impalas, a warthog, a blesbok, a gemsbok, a kudu, a blue wildebeest, a red hartebeest, and a duiker.
The thick cloud cover looked menacing as we drove on the bumpy dirt road, past a herd of red hartebeest to the right.
I got lucky and got a Jackson's hartebeest, but our real purpose was to hunt Nile buffalo.
At Tshepe, Cobus has thriving herds of gemsbok, eland, blesbok, black wildebeest, zebra, springbok, impala, red hartebeest, and warthog.
The 1 1/8-inch-wide, 100-grain tip is rugged enough to take on the toughest game; like the 450-pound, record book red hartebeest I shot completely through in South Africa last summer.