wildebeast, noun

Forms:
Also veld a beast, velder beast.
Origin:
South African Dutch, AfrikaansShow more Englished form of South African Dutch (later Afrikaans) wildebeest.
obs.
wildebeest sense a.
[1801 J. Barrow Trav. I. 259The gnoo or wild beast, as it is called by the Dutch.]
1835 A. Steedman Wanderings II. 11The people..were shouting ‘Veld a beast,’ and..I found that a herd of gnus had joined the oxen.
1875 J.J. Bisset Sport & War 210The wildebeast is a most ferocious-looking animal.
1877 S.W. Wood Letter. (Private collection, M.W. Wood) 30 Aug.It is a few large Bucks such as Gemsbuck and velder Beast.
wildebeesta.
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