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boschbok, noun

Forms:
bos-boc, bos-bockShow more Also bos-boc, bos-bock, bosbok, bosch-bock, boshbock.
Plurals:
boschbokke /ˈbɔʃbɔkə/, boschboks, or unchanged.
Origin:
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,..is 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.
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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