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[roh-buhk] /ˈroʊˌbʌk/
noun, plural roebucks (especially collectively) roebuck.
a male roe deer.
Origin of roebuck
1350-1400; Middle English robucke. See roe2, buck1 Unabridged
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  • Fortunately, the weather had been fine, and the roebuck had been under all sail, with a fair wind.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • “It seems to be a melodious language,” said Mr. roebuck, greatly amused.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • roebuck looked, almost wildly, toward the foot of the table.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • He bought three at roebuck's, in City Road, and took them to his house by taxi.

    The Daffodil Mystery Edgar Wallace
  • "Let's go back to the Holland," said I to roebuck, in a weary, bored tone.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • "Well, I've found him," went on roebuck, in a triumphant tone.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • He was supported by Mr. roebuck, but the motion was negatived, 190 to 89.

  • I was to meet the man at dinner,—roebuck had engaged a suite at the Auditorium.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • The "doctor" was the black cook of the roebuck, who was now descending the companion-way with the morning meal.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • He gave a small exhibition of that skill at the expense of roebuck.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for roebuck


noun (pl) -bucks, -buck
the male of the roe deer
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Word Origin and History for roebuck

c.1200, from roe (n.2) + buck (n.1). Cf. Dutch reebok, German Rehbock, Danish raabuck.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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