Definition of lechwe in US English:



  • A rough-coated grazing antelope with pointed hooves and long horns, found in swampy grassland in southern Africa and Sudan.

    Genus Kobus, family Bovidae: two species, in particular K. leche

    • ‘A century ago, the lechwe population may have numbered half a million, but it has been dropping ever since then.’
    • ‘A major threat to lechwe is the building of hydroelectric dams which eliminates their seasonal floodplain habitat.’
    • ‘A group of red lechwe jumping and scattering in different directions can quickly confuse a lion.’
    • ‘The lechwe reaches almost six feet long, about 42 inches at the shoulder, and weighs up to 270 pounds.’
    • ‘Kafue lechwe are happiest standing in up to 50 cm depth of water, only coming out to rest or calve.’


Mid 19th century: from Setswana.