kudu, noun

Forms:
coedoe, coodooShow more Also coedoe, coodoo, coudou, cuddu, kodoe, koedo, koedoe, koedoo, koodo, koodoo, koudou.
Origin:
Khoikhoi, Xhosa, South African Dutch, AfrikaansShow more Adaptation of Khoikhoi kudu-b or kudu-s, Xhosa iqudu. Koedoe is the South African Dutch (and subsequently Afrikaans) form.
1.
a. The large antelope Tragelaphus strepsiceros of the Bovidae, characterized by long spirally-curved horns in the male animal. Also attributive.
1773 J. Hawkesworth Acct of Voy. III. 384A beast called by the Hottentots ‘Coe-doe’, which is as large as a horse, and has..fine spiral horns.
1777 G. Forster Voy. round World I. 84The Coodoo, or Kolben’s bock ohne namen (goat without a name).
1785 G. Forster tr. of Sparrman’s Voy. Cape G.H. II. 213Koedoe is the name given by the colonists to a beautiful tall gazel with long and slender shanks.
1789 W. Paterson Narr. of Four Journeys 27We found here many..Koedoes...These animals are about the size, or rather larger than our deer, and of a mouse colour, with three white stripes over the back; the male has very large twisted horns.
1801 W. Somerville Narr. of E. Cape Frontier (1979) 133The horns differ from all the antelope species..but has something of the spiral turn of the Coodoos Horn.
1802 Sporting Mag. XX. 141The n’gou and koudou are also inhabitants of Caffraria.
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 337Antilope strepsiceros, of modern writers. The Hottentot name is written Koedoe, according to Dutch orthography: Kudu, in German: and Koodoo or Coodoo in English.
1835 T.H. Bowker Journal. 14 Oct.Go a shooting but find nothing but spoors of cuddu Sea Cow & &.
1854 R.B. Struthers Hunting Jrnl (1991) 45Presently we fell in with some Koodus..a buck & doe of which I shot — they are splendid Buck & have magnificent horns (the male).
1874 D. Livingstone Last Jrnls I. 161I got a fine male Kudu.
1879 R.J. Atcherley Trip to Boërland 155Advancing..with their beautiful spiral horns towering high above them, were two magnificent koodoos.
1896 R. Ward Rec. of Big Game 204Although one of the largest of the antelopes,..it is astonishing how, in bushy country, this animal is able to conceal itself.
1900 W.L. Sclater Mammals of S. Afr. II. 245The Kudus..seem to be particularly fond of rocky and stony hills covered with thick thorny shrubs, but are also found along the densely wooded river banks.
1929 D. Reitz Commando 127Koodoo comes from the Xhosa word Qhude. Non-Xhosas finding it difficult to pronounce the aspirated click qh went on and pronounced it as koo-.
1936 C. Birkby Thirstland Treks 296The old hunter spoke of..the kudu’s graceful horns and stripes.
1947 L. Hastings Dragons Are Extra 176A Kudu bull with his great spiral horns a good sixty inches long.
1951 A. Roberts Mammals 308The Kudu occurs usually in the rather dry acacia veld, seldom far from water.
1951 D. Lessing in D. Wright S. Afr. Stories (1960) 99It was more than the ordinary farm living-room. There were koodoo horns branching out over the fireplace, and a bundle of knobkerries hung on a nail.
1971 Daily Dispatch 2 Sept. 2At night, the car lights attract the kudu, which then tend to jump on to the vehicle. With these animals weighing up to 800 lbs, severe damage can be inflicted and lives endangered.
1985 T. Baron in Frontline Feb. 31That’s how it is with potjiekos. Steenbok is best but anything else will do..kudu, springbok, warthog.
1990 Farmer’s Weekly 8 June 41Species available to hunters today include impala, kudu.
b. combinations
kudu foot, a style of foot in furniture and silverware ;
kudu-berry, the tree Pseudolachnostylis maprouneifolia of the Euphorbiaceae ;
kudu-bush, either of two shrubs, (a) Combretum apiculatum of the Combretaceae, (b) Haworthia viscosa of the Liliaceae ;
kudu lily, the impala lily (sense (b) see impala sense 1 c), Pachypodium saundersii ;
kudu-milk slang, in the Grahamstown district, a name for brandy ;
kudu-wors /-vɔːs/, /-vɔrs/ [Afrikaans wors sausage], sausage made of kudu meat .
1972 Farmer’s Weekly 21 Apr. 84Lounge suites made in ball and claw, Queen Anne or Kudu feet.
1961 Palmer & Pitman Trees of S. Afr. 235The kudu-berry, Pseudolachnostylis maprouneifolia is a tree of the bushveld and lowveld.
1987 F. Von Breitenbach Nat. List of Indigenous Trees 90Pseudolachnostylis maprouneifolia,..Kudu-berry.
1971 B.J.G. De la Bat in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. IV. 395A great variety of trees, including..kudu-bush (Haworthia viscosa)..grow in the deeper soil of the eastern sector.
1974 W. Giess in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. X. 150The berg-thorn..grows here together with the kudu-bush (Combretum apiculatum).
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 316Kudu lily, Pachypodium saundersii.., see Impala lily.
1984 J. Onderstall Tvl Lowveld & Escarpment 152Pachypodium saundersii Kudu Lily...This impressive succulent shrub resembles the Impala Lily but differs in having slender sharp spines along the branches.
1971 F.G. Butler Informant, GrahamstownKudumilk. Albany [name] for brandy.
1993 S. Gray in Weekly Mail & Guardian 5 Nov. 48That was actually kudu-wors we were gorging on. Gamey, as the Bushvelders like it, fat spattering.
2. Military. A light transport aircraft developed for the defence force.
1976 Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. XII. 14Atlas was taken over by Armscor, and..has built many impala jet aircraft and the Kudu, a light transport aircraft.
1980 A. Robinson Air Power 276A few Bosbok developments, the C4M Kudu with similar wing and tailplane, are attached to No 41 from the 40 aircraft so far produced.
The large antelope Tragelaphus strepsiceros of the Bovidae, characterized by long spirally-curved horns in the male animal. Also attributive.
, a style of foot in furniture and silverware
, the tree Pseudolachnostylis maprouneifolia of the Euphorbiaceae
, either of two shrubs, (a) Combretum apiculatum of the Combretaceae, (b) Haworthia viscosa of the Liliaceae
, the impala lily (sense (b) see impala1 c), Pachypodium saundersii
, in the Grahamstown district, a name for brandy
, sausage made of kudu meat
A light transport aircraft developed for the defence force.
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