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[bon-tee-bok] /ˈbɒn tiˌbɒk/
noun, plural bonteboks (especially collectively) bontebok.
a purplish-red antelope, Damaliscus dorcas, of southern Africa, having a white face and rump: now nearly extinct.
Origin of bontebok
1780-90; < Afrikaans, equivalent to bont piebald (≪ Medieval Latin punctus dotted; see point) + bok buck1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Hence the name “bontebok,” or “painted buck,” as given by the Dutch colonists to this species.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • bontebok: About 30 in Bredasdorp and 45 in Swellendam divisions.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • His horns are of a light colour, nearly white, while those of the bontebok are black.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • Herds of gnus and bontebok bounded over the plains, and many solitary antelopes started from their lairs as he approached them.

  • The bontebok is not only one of the loveliest antelopes in Africa, but one of the swiftest.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for bontebok


noun (pl) -boks, -bok
an antelope, Damaliscus pygargus (or dorcas), of southern Africa, having a deep reddish-brown coat with a white blaze, tail, and rump patch
Word Origin
C18: Afrikaans, from bont pied + bokbuck1
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