One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A topi (antelope) of a race found mainly in southern Africa.
Damaliscus lunatus lunatus, family Bovidae. Alternative name: bastard hartebeest
- ‘But by description, the tsessebe is hartebeest in appearance and has a long face and sloping back similar to the hartebeest.’
- ‘There were enough impala that soon I too was saying casually, ‘Oh, more of them,’ but there were other antelopes as well: kudu, tsessebe and red lechwe, with their horns curving madly in distinctive shapes.’
- ‘Most antelopes are good runners (the S. African sassaby, for example, is said to be faster than any horse) and many of them graze in herds on plains.’
Mid 19th century: from Setswana.
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