sassaby, noun

Forms:
sarsapi, sassabeShow more Also sarsapi, sassabe, sassabie, sassaby, sassaybe, sesayby, sessaby.
Origin:
seTswana
The tsessebe, Damaliscus lunatus.
[1801 W. Somerville Narr. of E. Cape Frontier (1979) 160We found an Antelope of a species unknown called in the Bootshooana language Sesayby and by the boors..the bastard Hart-beest.]
1820 S. Daniell Sketches S. Afr. 18The Sasaybe is an Antelope..found in the Booshwana country.
1839 W.C. Harris Wild Sports 378The Sassayby. Bastard Hartebeest of the Cape Colonists.
1857 E.L. Layard in Cape Monthly Mag. II. July 57The skin of a Sassaybi..received from Natal.
1880 E.F. Sandeman Eight Months in Ox-Waggon 259The sarsapi..is the fleetest, toughest and most enduring of all South African antelopes.
1891 R. Ward Sportsman’s Handbk 123In Zululand were to be found, a few years ago, Elephants..Sassabies, [etc.].
1900 W.L. Sclater Mammals of S. Afr. I. 146Both Kirby and Selous state that the sassaby is the fleetest, toughest and most enduring of all South African antelopes.
1925 F.C. Slater Centenary Bk of S. Afr. Verse 237Sasseby, A large antelope found in Southern Rhodesia and the low country of the Transvaal. Colour dark purplish red. Said to be the swiftest of our antelopes.
c1936 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 1083The Sassaby or Tsesebe..in general appearance..somewhat resembles the Cape hartebeest, but is a faster runner.
1948 A.C. White Call of Bushveld 74Sessaby I have never seen in a herd...More often one comes across them in twos, threes and fours.
1974 Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. X. 640The tsessebe.., also known as the sassaby,..is related to the hartebeest.
1978, 1980 [see tsessebe].
The tsessebe, Damaliscus lunatus.
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