bushbuck, noun

Forms:
Also with initial capital.
Plurals:
unchanged, or bushbucks.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch boschbok, see boschbok.
The antelope Tragelaphus scriptus of the Bovidae, which favours bushy terrain; the meat of this antelope; boschbok; bushbok; bush-goat sense 1. Also attributive.
1803 J.T. Van der Kemp in Trans. of Missionary Soc. I. 440They always cover their heads with a cap, made of the skin of an animal, which they call babala, and the Colonists bush-buck.
1836 A.F. Gardiner Journey to Zoolu Country 382We soon..reached an inhabited district, which was first indicated by a bushbuck, almost exhausted, crossing our path.
1865 D. Livingstone Zambesi 343In the mornings and evenings the pretty little bush-buck (Tragelaphus sylvatica) ventures..out of the mangroves, to feed.
1896 R. Ward Rec. of Big Game 194The thicket-loving Bushbuck is still to be found plentifully in the southern portions of Cape Colony, the Trans-Kei, Natal, and along the south-eastern littoral wherever bush and covert flourish.
1910 J. Buchan Prester John 42The great sport was to stalk bush buck in the thickets, which is a game in which the hunter is at small advantage. I have been knocked down by a wounded bush-buck ram.
c1936 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 1096The Cape Bushbuck (tragelaphus sylvaticus; Dutch boschbok). Height about 2 feet 10 inches; weight about 100 lbs...Horns up to 14 inches, spiral..and rough at the base.
1951 A. Roberts Mammals 311Tragelaphus...This genus comprises the smallest members of the subfamily (sc. Tragelaphinae) and are known as the true Bushbucks...They occur only where there is dense cover near water.
1986 J. Conyngham Arrowing of Cane 51We are..having bushbuck for supper.
1991 Personality 5 Aug. 29Too many animals suffer and die for the supposedly humane alternative of game trading...Species that easily succumb to these stresses (sc. of ‘unnatural confinement, unfamiliar noises, smells, extremes of temperature and hunger and thirst’) are..reedbuck, bushbuck, red hartebeest, [etc.].
The antelope Tragelaphus scriptus of the Bovidae, which favours bushy terrain; the meat of this antelope; boschbok; bushbok; bush-goat1. Also attributive.
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