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bontebok, noun

Forms:
bonta bock, bontbokShow more Formerly also bonta bock, bontbok, bonteboc, bontebock, bontibok, buntebock, buntebok.
Plurals:
unchanged, or occasionally bonteboks, bontebokke /ˈbɔntəbɔˌkə/.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, attributive form of bont parti-coloured + bok antelope, goat.
The antelope Damaliscus dorcas dorcas of the Bovidae, now found only in the south-western Cape; bontebuck. Also attributive.
Note:
Of the same genus and species as the blesbok (see quotation 1990), and similar in appearance. Historically the bontebok occurred in the western Cape, extending eastwards only as far as Mossel Bay, and reports of sightings beyond that area indicate confusion between bontebok and blesbok (see quotation 1837).
1776 F. Masson in Phil. Trans. of Royal Soc. LXVI. 287There is a fine species of antelope, which inhabits only here, called by the peasants Bonte Bock; something larger than a fallow deer, very shy, but not very swift.
1990 Skinner & Smithers Mammals of Sn Afr. Subregion 627The species D. dorcas must have had a wide and continuous distribution...Through climatic changes..it became split into two populations which..have diverged in character, leading to the recognition of the two subspecies..the bontebok, D. d. dorcas, and the blesbok D. d. phillipsi.
The antelope Damaliscus dorcas dorcas of the Bovidae, now found only in the south-western Cape; bontebuck. Also attributive.

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