1824W.J. BurchellTrav.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.
1835T.H. Bowker Journal. 26 Apr.Bliss Bocks Quaggas & other game to be found here.
1863Lady Duff-Gordon inF. GaltonVacation Tourists (1864) III. 190Yesterday Captain D— gave me a very nice caross of blessbok skins which he got from some travelling trader.
1871J. McKayReminisc. 14Throughout the greater part of the plains frequented by blesboks,..the sunbaked hills or mounds of clay formed by the white ants occur.
1882J. NixonAmong Boers 119The blesbok is a larger and clumsier antelope than the springbok. Its head looks almost too heavy for its body, and it never takes long leaps like the springbok.
1896R. WardRec. of Big Game 83Formerly to be numbered by hundreds of thousands, the beautiful Blesbok has in the last twenty years grown very scarce indeed.
a1936E.N. MaraisSoul of Ape (1973) 82The vast herds of bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus), blesbok (Damaliscus albifrons)..are on the verge of extinction or have vanished because they were unable to exist in the Bushveld which lay as a harbour of refuge before them.
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