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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: from Setswana.
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