Definition of nilgai in US English:

nilgai

noun

  • A large Indian antelope, the male of which has a blue-gray coat and short horns, and the female a tawny coat and no horns.

    Boselaphus tragocamelus, family Bovidae

    • ‘Mills has culled a great deal of data to show which ungulates form its preferred diet - chital, sambar, nilgai and barasingha, and in some forests, gaur.’
    • ‘We also spotted the nilgai, the sambur, the wild boar and even a hare.’
    • ‘When you see a nilgai, you don't tarry when letting off the shot.’
    • ‘If you feel you're missing out on watching tigers launch assaults on nilgai, or muggers ambushing chital as they bend down to drink, take heart.’
    • ‘Sadly, most of the large animals reported from the Ridge in the 1920s and 1930s have gone including leopard, wild boar, wolf, blackbuck, and most of the nilgais.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Hindi nīlgāī, from nīl ‘blue’ + gāī ‘cow’.

Pronunciation

nilgai

/ˈnilɡī//ˈnɪlɡaɪ/