Definition of lechwe in English:


Syllabification: le·chwe
Pronunciation: /ˈleCHwē, -ˌwā

noun (plural same)

  • A rough-coated grazing antelope with pointed hooves and long horns, found in swampy grassland in southern Africa and Sudan.
    • Genus Kobus, family Bovidae: two species, in particular K. leche
    More example sentences
    • A group of red lechwe jumping and scattering in different directions can quickly confuse a lion.
    • Kafue lechwe are happiest standing in up to 50 cm depth of water, only coming out to rest or calve.
    • The lechwe reaches almost six feet long, about 42 inches at the shoulder, and weighs up to 270 pounds.


mid 19th century: from Setswana.

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