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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).]


(ˈnɪlɡaɪ) ,




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]
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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
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The nilgai has been trapped here for the last three days.
Bonus animals -- nilgai antelope, wild boar, javelina, and turkey -- may be taken as part of the hunt package or for an additional fee.
Soon after, the cubs were seen hunting a nilgai, Sahu added.
For the last couple of years I've heard rumors about black-buck, hog deer and nilgai, which are native and may occur in huntable numbers.
Beginning more than 20 years ago, I was lucky enough to hunt nilgai for several years.
These feed on an abundance of prey species such as Sambar, Chitel, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur.
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Sandhir said when they had taken over the area, there were only 40 blue bulls ( nilgai ).
Jones, and me about hunting leopard, sloth bear, sambar, Himalayan black bear, chital, nilgai, barking deer and the strange wild goats, goral and serow .
Nilgai are thick skinned, large boned animals with the ability to run fast for long distances.
Five-day, fully guided bowhunts cost $1,000 per day (with the opportunity to spot and stalk javelina, wild boars, Nilgai antelope, and Rio Grande turkeys in addition to trophy class whitetail bucks).
That's an appropriate use for a semiauto, as I've never seen a nilgai stay down with only a single shot.