Definition of nyala in US English:



  • A southern African antelope, with a conspicuous crest on the neck and back and lyre-shaped horns.

    Tragelaphus angasi, family Bovidae

    • ‘There are three easy-to-see, endemic, large mammals: the mountain nyala, Ethiopian wolf and gelada baboon.’
    • ‘The Nyala male is dark blue-grey in colour with white vertical stripes, yellow stockinged legs and a white chevron mark between the eyes.’
    • ‘Other animal species to look out for include impala, blue wildebeest, waterbuck, zebra, nyala, kudu, bushbuck, warthog, cheetah, hyena, jackal and giraffe.’
    • ‘Nearby, groups of wildebeest, nyala antelope and zebra milled about their cages and enormous white rhinos rested on their sides in their long pens.’
    • ‘Male mountain nyala are a sepia brown color that slowly gets darker with age, while females are of a pale liver color with a scattering of spots and stripes.’


Late 19th century: from Zulu.