kokoon, noun

Forms:
kokong, kokūnShow more Also kokong, kokūn, kokūng.
Origin:
Southern Sotho, seTswanaShow more Adaptation of Southern Sotho kgokong, seTswana kgokon wildebeest.
obs.
The blue wildebeest (see wildebeest sense b), Connochaetes taurinus.
[1806 J. Barrow Voy. to Cochinchina 409It was called by the Booshuanas the Kokoon.]
[1824 W.J. Burchell Trav. II. 278The Bichuanas call it Kokūn (Kokoon), or rather, with a nasal sound of the n, Kokūng (Kokoong).]
1824 W.J. Burchell Trav. II. 315We saw a solitary kokūn (kokoon) in the open plain, prancing about, exactly in the manner of the gnu.
1834 Penny Cyclopaedia II. 91The habits and manners of the kokoon closely resemble those of the gnu.
1835 A. Smith Diary (1940) II. 39From the chin of kokoon some long black and white hairs or bristles; upper lip turned inwards.
[1839 W.C. Harris Wild Sports 375Kokoon of the Bechuana and Matabili.]
1857 D. Livingstone Missionary Trav. 135The kokong or gnu.
The blue wildebeestwildebeestb, Connochaetes taurinus.
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