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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.]
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(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]
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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]
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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
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References in classic literature ?
The jungle which is presided over by Kudu, the sun, is a very different jungle from that of Goro, the moon.
Mingled with the sounds he knew, there were strange sounds--weird sounds which he never heard until after Kudu had sought his lair below the far edge of the big water-sounds which belonged to Goro, the moon--and to the mysterious period of Goro's supremacy.
If he asked Gunto what made it rain, the big old ape would but gaze at him in dumb astonishment for an instant and then return to his interesting and edifying search for fleas; and when he questioned Mumga, who was very old and should have been very wise, but wasn't, as to the reason for the closing of certain flowers after Kudu had deserted the sky, and the opening of others during the night, he was surprised to discover that Mumga had never noticed these interesting facts, though she could tell to an inch just where the fattest grubworm should be hiding.
He often talked to them, as he talked to Goro, the moon, and Kudu, the sun, and always was he disappointed that they did not reply.
Some night Numa will be very hungry and very angry--then he will leap over the thorn bushes which encircle Goro and we will have no more light after Kudu seeks his lair--the night will be black with the blackness that comes when Goro is lazy and sleeps late into the night, or when he wanders through the skies by day, forgetting the jungle and its people."
Soon Goro will be devoured by Numa and we shall have no more light after Kudu seeks his lair.
At that rate Goro would be entirely gone before Kudu came again.
When the sun shone again upon the second day and a wide, open plain let the full heat of Kudu flood the chilled, brown body, Tarzan's spirits rose; but it was still a sullen, surly brute that moved steadily onward into the south where he hoped again to pick up the trail of the Germans.
The ape-man raised his face to Kudu, the sun, and from his mighty chest rose the savage victory cry of the bull ape.
Trusco United Rugby Club and Walvis Bay based Kudus played to a 38 all draw in their Namibian Rugby Premier League fixture at the Trusco United Sports field in Olympia on Saturday.
They are goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim, Ibrahim Sulley, Ibrahim Sadiq and Mohammed Kudus who will wear the iconic No.10 jersey.
The remanded defendants are made up of two women, four minors and 11 others and were identified as 38 years old Adesola Bukola, 37 years old Ayobami Os?uolale, 21-year-old Olayode Lateef, 21-year-old Farouk Adedolapo, 16-year-old Samson Ayomide, 20-year-old Dada Kayode, 25-year-old Taye Popoola and 20-year-old Kudus Ibrahim.