One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Zoology. Any of various antelopes of sub-Saharan Africa constituting the genus Tragelaphus, having spiral horns and white stripes or spots, and comprising the kudus, nyalas, bushbucks, and related forms. Now rare.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin tragelaphus a kind of wild goat or antelope from ancient Greek τραγέλαϕος a fabulous or fictitious beast compounded of a goat and a stag, in Hellenistic Greek also a kind of wild goat or antelope (Septuagint) from τράγος he-goat + ἔλαϕος deer.
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