Definitions for nyalaˈnyɑ lə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nya•laˈnyɑ lə(n.)

  1. either of two large African antelopes of the genus Tragelaphus, esp. T. angasi, of SE Africa.

    Category: Mammals

Origin of nyala:

1895–1900; < Venda (Bantu language of the Transvaal and Zimbabwe) (dzì)-nyálà

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Nyala(noun)

    city in Sudan

  2. nyala, Tragelaphus angasi(noun)

    spiral-horned South African antelope with a fringe of white hairs along back and neck

Wiktionary

  1. nyala(Noun)

    A south African antelope, Tragelaphus angasii, with thin white stripes in the grey or brown coat, a ridge of tufted hair running all along the spine, and long horns with a spiral twist.

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  1. Nyala

    The nyala, also called inyala, is a spiral-horned antelope native to southern Africa. It is a species of the family Bovidae and genus Nyala, also considered to be in the genus Tragelaphus. It was first described in 1849 by George French Angas. The body length is 135–195 cm, and it weighs 55–140 kg. The coat is rusty or rufous brown in females and juveniles, but grows a dark brown or slate grey, often tinged with blue, in adult males. Females and young males have ten or more white stripes on their sides. Only males have horns, 60–83 cm long and yellow-tipped. It exhibits the highest sexual dimorphism among the spiral-horned antelopes. The nyala is mainly active in the early morning and the late afternoon. It generally browses during the day if temperatures are 20–30 °C and during the night in rainy season. As a herbivore, the nyala feeds upon foliage, fruits and grasses, with sufficient fresh water. A shy animal, it prefers water holes rather than open spaces. The nyala does not show signs of territoriality, and individual areas can overlap each other. They are very cautious creatures. Old males live alone, but single sex or mixed family groups of up to 10 individuals can be found. These inhabit thickets within dense and dry savanna woodlands. The main predators of the nyala are lion, leopard and Cape hunting dog, while baboons and raptorial birds hunt for the juveniles. Mating peaks during spring and autumn. Males and females are sexually mature at 18 and 11–12 months of age respectively, though they are socially immature until five years old. After a gestational period of seven months, a single calf is born.


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flame(noun)

the bright light of something burning

A small flame burned in the lamp.

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