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also koo·doo  (ko͞o′do͞o)
n. pl. kudu or ku·dus also koodoo or koo·doos
Either of two large African antelopes (Tragelaphus strepsiceros or T. imberbis) having a brownish or grayish coat with white vertical stripes and, in the male, long, spirally curved horns.

[Afrikaans koedoe, from Xhosa i-quda, i-qudu, perhaps from Nama kudu.]


(ˈkuːduː) or


(Animals) either of two spiral-horned antelopes, Tragelaphus strepsiceros (greater kudu) or T. imberbis (lesser kudu), which inhabit the bush of Africa
[C18: from Afrikaans koedoe, probably from Khoi]


or koo•doo

(ˈku du)

n., pl. -dus or -doos.
either of two large African antelopes of the genus Tragelaphus, with narrow white body stripes, esp. T. strepsiceros, the male of which has large corkscrewlike horns.
[1770–80; < Afrikaans koedoe < Khoikhoi ≠kudu]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kudu - either of two spiral-horned antelopes of the African bushkudu - either of two spiral-horned antelopes of the African bush
antelope - graceful Old World ruminant with long legs and horns directed upward and backward; includes gazelles; springboks; impalas; addax; gerenuks; blackbucks; dik-diks
genus Strepsiceros, genus Tragelaphus, Strepsiceros, Tragelaphus - African antelopes: kudus; bongos; nyalas; bushbucks
lesser kudu, Tragelaphus imberbis - a smaller variety of kudu
References in classic literature ?
Give me a wildness whose glance no civilization can endure--as if we lived on the marrow of koodoos devoured raw.
Now of a sudden a great koodoo bull appeared for an instant standing out against the sky on the crest of the ridge, then vanished in the shadow.
I was telling Evans one night, I remember, of some wonderful workings I had found whilst hunting koodoo and eland in what is now the Lydenburg district of the Transvaal.