noun (plural wildebeests; also wildebeest) Etymology: Afrikaans wildebees, from wilde wild + bees ox Date: circa 1824 either of two large African antelopes (Connochaetes gnou and C. taurinus) with a head like that of an ox, short mane, long tail, and horns in both sexes that curve downward and outward — called also gnu

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