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nyala, noun

Forms:
Also inyala, with initial capital, and (formerly) inyalla.
Plurals:
unchanged, or nyalas.
Origin:
Tsonga, Venda, ZuluShow more Tsonga and Venda nyala, Zulu inyala.
1. The antelope Tragelaphus angasii of the Bovidae, which inhabits low-lying and thickly-wooded country. Also attributive.
1848 G.F. Angas in Proc. of Zool. Soc. 89This new and brilliant Antelope, the Inyala of the Amazulu.
1992 S. Afr. Panorama Mar.Apr. 120The lordly nyala come down to drink from dense surrounding woods.
2. A small armoured personnel-carrier used by the police.
1993 J. Maker in Sunday Times 17 Oct. 16His partner in crime had already gone down the stairs to the cells below, to be hustled into an SAP Nyala and taken to Death Row.
The antelope Tragelaphus angasii of the Bovidae, which inhabits low-lying and thickly-wooded country. Also attributive.
A small armoured personnel-carrier used by the police.

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