Definition of lechwe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈleCHwē/ Pronunciation: /-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.
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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Syllabification: le·chwe

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