A wildebeest is a large, four-legged animal with hooves and curved horns. You might be able to see herds of wildebeests if you travel to the open plains of Africa south of the Sahara desert.

Another name for a wildebeest is a gnu. The word wildebeest comes from the Afrikaans wildebees, or “wild beast,” while gnu is derived from a name native Africans used for the animal. An antelope relative, the wildebeest is distinctive for its shaggy mane and front-heavy shape, with most of its weight in its forequarters. Wildebeests are migratory, traveling as much as 1000 miles each year.

Definitions of wildebeest
  1. noun

    large African antelope having a head with horns like an ox and a long tufted tail

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    graceful Old World ruminant with long legs and horns directed upward and backward; includes gazelles; springboks; impalas; addax; gerenuks; blackbucks; dik-diks

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