South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch grijs grey, grizzled + bok (see bok).
Either of two species of small antelope of the Bovidae, both reddish brown in colour with a sprinkling of white hairs, and with large ears and (in the male) straight pointed horns, especially Raphicerus melanotis (now often with distinguishing epithet, Cape grysbok) but also R. sharpei (Sharpe’s grysbok). Also attributive, and in dimunitive form grysbokkie [see -ie]. In both senses also called grysbuck.
1786G. Forstertr. ofA. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H.II. 224The grys-bok is of a greyish colour, with black ears, and a large black spot round the eyes, being probably the A. Grimmia.
1790tr. ofF. Le Vaillant’s Trav.I. 33The most common..are the steenbock, the duyker, the reebock, the grysbock, the bontebock, and all the different species of antelopes.
1804R. PercivalAcct of Cape of G.H. 159The gries-bock is..the size of a common deer, but bears a considerable resemblance to a goat: its colouring is greyish and the hair loose and frizzled. This species..does a great deal of mischief to the gardens and vineyards in the nighttime.
1810G. BarringtonAcct of Voy. 156The Greisbok is of a grizzled or greyish colour,..bright brown interspersed with silver hairs.
1837‘N. Polson’Subaltern’s Sick Leave 123On the coast side of the Langekloof the grysbok is the commonest species of small antelope.
1983E. Prov. Herald 3 June 1A tiny, one kilogram Cape grysbok which he rescued from certain death.
1987T.F.J. Van RensburgIntro. to Fynbos 52The grysbok is totally dependent on the fynbos for survival.
1990Weekend Post 24 Mar. 3The shy grysbok ram..will also stay.
1990Clinning & Fourie inFauna & FloraNo.47, 16After emerging from a forest patch into an area of drier scrub one may encounter..the Sharpe’s grysbok, Raphicerus sharpei.
1992J. Feely inAfr. WildlifeVol.46No.4, 155The Cape grysbok..has traditionally been assumed to occur from the south-western Cape eastwards to the Komga district on the border with Transkei...Sharpe’s grysbok..— sometimes called the tropical grysbok — is found from Tanzania southwards to Swaziland and the north-eastern Transvaal.
1992J. Feely inAfr. WildlifeVol.46No.4, 157I was..most interested to see a shepherd carrying a knapsack made from grysbok skin in the Drakensberg foothills in the Maclear district.
Either of two species of small antelope of the Bovidae, both reddish brown in colour with a sprinkling of white hairs, and with large ears and (in the male) straight pointed horns, especially Raphicerus melanotis (now often with distinguishing epithet, Cape grysbok) but also R. sharpei (Sharpe’s grysbok). Also attributive, and in dimunitive form grysbokkiesee -ie. In both senses also called grysbuck.
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