hartebeast, noun

Forms:
Also haartbeast, hartbeast.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Partial translation of South African Dutch hartebeest, see hartebeest noun.
obs.
a. hartebeest noun sense a.
[1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. II. 126The Hart of the Hottentot Countries differs from the European Hart only in the Horns.]
1796 C.R. Hopson tr. of C.P. Thunberg’s Trav. II.The level country presented to our view..a great number of hart beasts (Capra Dorcas).
1804 R. Percival Acct of Cape of G.H. 160The bonte-bock and haart-beast are uncommonly large, and are chiefly found in the interior parts.
1835 A. Smith Diary (1940) II. 34Hartebeasts, springbok and quaggas appear to resort in great numbers to drink.
1887 A.A. Anderson 25 Yrs in Waggon I. 210Hartebeast, giraffes, and grysbok..are all to be found.
b. With qualifying word: bastard hartebeast [see Bastard adjective], the tsessebe, Damaliscus lunatus.
1835 A. Smith Diary (1940) II. 42A large troop of bastard hartebeast were seen close to where we halted last night.
hartebeestnouna.
With qualifying word: bastard hartebeastsee Bastardadjective, the tsessebe, Damaliscus lunatus.

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