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grysbok, noun

Forms:
greisbock, greisbokShow more Also greisbock, greisbok, greiseboke, greysbok, griesbock, griesbok, grijsbok, gruisbok, grysbock.
Plurals:
unchanged, grysboks, or grysbokke /ˈxreɪsˌbɔkə/.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch grijs grey, grizzled + bok (see bok).
Either of two species of small antelope of the Bovidae, both reddish brown in colour with a sprinkling of white hairs, and with large ears and (in the male) straight pointed horns, especially Raphicerus melanotis (now often with distinguishing epithet, Cape grysbok) but also R. sharpei (Sharpe’s grysbok). Also attributive, and in dimunitive form grysbokkie [see -ie]. In both senses also called grysbuck.
1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. II. 224The grys-bok is of a greyish colour, with black ears, and a large black spot round the eyes, being probably the A. Grimmia.
1992 J. Feely in Afr. Wildlife Vol.46 No.4, 157I was..most interested to see a shepherd carrying a knapsack made from grysbok skin in the Drakensberg foothills in the Maclear district.
Either of two species of small antelope of the Bovidae, both reddish brown in colour with a sprinkling of white hairs, and with large ears and (in the male) straight pointed horns, especially Raphicerus melanotis (now often with distinguishing epithet, Cape grysbok) but also R. sharpei (Sharpe’s grysbok). Also attributive, and in dimunitive form grysbokkiesee -ie. In both senses also called grysbuck.

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