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blesbok, noun

Forms:
blessboc, blessbokShow more Also blessboc, blessbok, blesse-bôk, bliss bock.
Plurals:
unchanged, or blesboks.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, bles blaze + bok antelope, goat; see quotation 1824.
The antelope Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi of the Bovidae; blesbuck. Also attributive.
Note:
See note at bontebok.
1824 W.J. Burchell Trav. II. 335The Blesbok is so called, from having a white mark on its forehead, similar to that which, in horses, is termed, in Dutch, a bles, and by English horsemen a star, or blaze.
1994 M. Roberts tr. of J.A. Wahlberg’s Trav. Jrnls 1838–56 64First skoft 4 hours through immense plains covered with blesbok (my first).
The antelope Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi of the Bovidae; blesbuck. Also attributive.

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