boschbok, noun

bos-boc, bos-bockShow more Also bos-boc, bos-bock, bosbok, bosch-bock, boshbock.
boschbokke /ˈbɔʃbɔkə/, boschboks, or unchanged.
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, bosch bush + bok antelope, goat; so called because it favours thickets and undergrowth.
obs. except in historical contexts
bushbuck. Also attributive.
1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. I. 270The bosch-bock, or wood-goat, a species of antilope or gazel, which has been hitherto unknown to all the cultivators of natural history...This animal has obtained the name it bears, in consequence of its being the only one among the gazels in Africa, which may be properly said to live in the woods and groves.
1790 tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. II. 244These woods abounded likewise with two species of antelopes, not at all wild: the bos-boc, which I had seen in other places.
1806 J. Barrow Trav. I. 390Every thicket is filled with the beautiful bosbok, or Bush deer, remarkable for its spotted haunches.
1834 T. Pringle Afr. Sketches 76The boschbok oft would bound away.
1837 N. Polson Subaltern’s Sick Leave 123In most of the woods about this part of the Colony is to be found boschbok, a very handsome species of antelope, with short spiral horns and his flank dappled. They frequent the thickest bush.
1866 J. Leyland Adventures 2I crept along silently and cautiously, expecting every moment to see a Boschboc (Tragelaphus Sylvatica) spring from the bush.
1939 J.F. Bense Dict. of Low-Dutch Element in Eng. Vocab. 19Boschbok. 1786. An antelope of S. Africa, the Bush-buck.
1994 M. Roberts tr. of J.A. Wahlberg’s Trav. Jrnls 1838–56 24Boschbok, 1 red-buck, little birds.
bushbuck. Also attributive.
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