pallah, noun

Forms:
paala, pallaShow more Also paala, palla, phalla.
Plurals:
unchanged, or pallahs.
Origin:
SeTswana, Sotho, VendaShow more SeTswana, Sotho, and Venda phala red antelope.
obs.
impala sense 1 a. Also attributive.
1802 Truter & Somerville in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1899) IV. 384Pieter Jacobs shot a handsome ram of a palla antelope, with fine horns.
[1815 A. Plumptre tr. of H. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. (1930) II. 324That beautiful species of Antelope..which is called by the Beetjuans Phalla.]
[1827 G. Thompson Trav. 201On the banks of this stream I observed a species of antelope, that I had not previously seen. It is called by the Bechuanas Paala, and Mr. Burchell has described it under the name of the red buck. It is, I believe, the same animal termed Riet-bok by the colonists.]
1857 D. Livingstone Missionary Trav. 56The presence of the rhinoceros, the buffalo and gnu..the giraffe, the zebra and the pallah (Antilope melampus), is always a certain indication of water being a distance of seven or eight miles.
1866 J. Leyland Adventures 144Hartebeests, Sassabes and Pallahs.
1875 D. Leslie Among Zulus 107The graceful Pallah will be seen in troops, gazing with evident wonder and terror in your direction.
1900 W.L. Sclater Mammals of S. Afr. I. 206The pallah is never found in the open country or very far from a river.
1928 E.H.L. Schwarz Kalahari & its Native Races 57There was..any amount of palla, the bush springbok.
impala1 a. Also attributive.
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