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KUDU

The kudus are two species of antelope of the genus Tragelaphus:

  • Lesser kudu, Tragelaphus imberbis, of eastern Africa
  • Greater kudu, Tragelaphus strepsiceros, of eastern and southern Africa
  • The name of the animal was imported into English in the 18th century from isiXhosa iqhude, via Afrikaans koedoe.
  • Kudu, or koodoo, is the Khoikhoi name for this antelope. Tragos (Greek) denotes a he-goat and elaphos (Greek) a deer. Strepho (Greek) means "twist", and strephis is "twisting". Keras (Greek) refers to the horn of the animal.