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blue buck, noun phrase

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South African DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch blauwbok, see blauwbok.
1. The blue duiker (see duiker sense 1 b), Philantomba monticola. Also attributive.
1809 R. Collins in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1900) VII. 14Abounding in..almost every description of animal from the diminutive blue buck to the towering elephant.
1981 J.B. Peires House of Phalo 6The main purpose of the hunt was to obtain rare skins (bluebuck, for instance) and ivory for armlets.
2. in historical contexts. The blauwbok (sense 1 a), Hippotragus leucophaeus.
c1902 F.C. Selous in C.J. Cornish Living Animals of World I. 250The bluebuck, which appears to have been entirely confined to the mountainous districts of the Cape Peninsula, became extinct during the first decade of the last century.
1989 [see blauwbok sense 1 a].
The blue duikerduiker1 b, Philantomba monticola. Also attributive.
The blauwbok (sense 1 a), Hippotragus leucophaeus.

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