steenbok

steenbok

[steen-bok, steyn-]
noun, plural steenboks (especially collectively) steenbok.
a small antelope, Raphicerus campestris, of grassy areas of eastern and southern Africa.
Also, steinbok.


Origin:
1765–75; < Afrikaans < Dutch steen stone + bok buck1

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steenbok (ˈstiːnˌbɒk)
 
n , pl -boks, -bok
Also called: steinbok a small antelope, Raphicerus campestris, of central and southern Africa, having a reddish-brown coat and straight smooth horns
 
[C18: from Afrikaans, from Dutch steen stone + bokbuck1; Compare steinbock]

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steenbok
1775, from Afrikaans steenbok, from M.Du. steenboc, lit. "stone buck," cognate with O.E. stanbucca "mountain goat," Ger. Steinbock.
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