Definition of wildebeest in English:

wildebeest

noun

  • another term for gnu
    • ‘Disunity can also prove fatal - wildebeests or caribou that stray away from the main herd are far more likely to fall victim to lions or wolves.’
    • ‘You'll get up close to the wildlife, including giraffe, zebra, impala and wildebeest, and all riding abilities are catered for, including beginners.’
    • ‘Nearby, groups of wildebeest, nyala antelope and zebra milled about their cages and enormous white rhinos rested on their sides in their long pens.’
    • ‘Midway between the panorama and the four bizarre leonine images is a third panel, showing two lions below a bison that looks directly at them, just as modern-day wildebeests warily eye African lions on the Serengeti Plain.’
    • ‘First in were wildebeest, zebras and giraffes, and then, after ten years, predators were introduced - two prides of lions, cheetahs and a pack of wild dogs.’
    • ‘We walked for hours in the warm sun of the African spring, and in the near distance saw impalas, zebras, a few elephants, wildebeests, and giraffes, as well as the ever-present vervet monkeys catching air between branches.’
    • ‘Some other interesting wildlife here includes giraffe, leopard, cheetah, jackal, blue wildebeest, gemsbok and black rhino.’
    • ‘Cheetahs use their speed to outrun their prey, which includes such fleet-footed creatures as gazelles and wildebeests.’
    • ‘The delta is filled with wildlife - wildebeest, giraffe, hippo, elephant, zebra and buffalo have all found a home here.’
    • ‘By day, follow expert Masai guides on foot to spot lions, cheetahs, and wildebeests without disturbing their habitats.’
    • ‘They are typically graceful, having long legs and horns, and include the eland, wildebeest, gazelle, springbok, hartebeest, impala, etc.’
    • ‘In less than an hour the assembled scavengers had picked the wildebeest's bones clean.’
    • ‘Kenya is also home to some of the world's most spectacular wildlife, including elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, antelope, wildebeests, and many rare and beautiful species of birds.’
    • ‘He also established game on the farm - wildebeest, zebra, blesbok, duiker and jackals.’
    • ‘The grazers are mainly antelope, wildebeest, hartebeest, oribi, impala, gazelle, reedbuck, roan and sable antelope.’
    • ‘In the last flush of the setting sun, impalas and wildebeest pull tighter together and drift toward deep cover before nightfall.’
    • ‘To get to class, students travel a path known as the Warthog Trot, a winding trail through the bush that's also used by giraffes, kudu, wildebeests, and impalas.’
    • ‘In a terrestrial context this scenario might be likened to gazelles, wildebeests, and lions gathering around a watering hole.’
    • ‘So even if it means a person actually targeted a wildebeest or impala, it's definitely going to end up catching a rhino in a way they set up the snares.’
    • ‘Zebras therefore tend to be the first species to utilize an area, and they are followed by wildebeests and gazelles after they have trampled and cropped the grass short.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Afrikaans, literally ‘wild beast’.

Pronunciation

wildebeest

/ˈwɪldəbiːst//ˈvɪldəbiːst/