Used attributively in the names of fauna and flora, in Special Combinations
mountain cypress, the shrub or small tree Widdringtonia nodiflora of the Cupressaceae; berg cypress, see berg sense 1 b ii;
mountain goose [translation of Afrikaans berggans], the berggans (see berg sense 1 b ii), Alopochen aegyptiacus;
mountain zebra [influenced by Afrikaans bergquagga, see quagga], any of several zebras of the Equidae (although in earlier times the distinctions between the different zebras was not always noted, the name ‘mountain zebra’ is now used exclusively for Equus zebra zebra): (a) Equus zebra zebra, now often with defining word as Cape mountain zebra; bergquagga, see quagga sense 1 b; dauw; quagga sense 1 a iii; wild horse, see wild sense b; also attributive; also called wildepaard (sense (a), see wilde sense b); (b) The quagga (sense 1 a ii), E. burchelli. (c) The quagga (sense 1 a i), E. quagga.
1971J.A. Marsh inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.III. 538The mountain cypress differs from both the Clanwilliam and the Willowmore cedar in the shape of the adult leaf and the scales of the female cones.
1972Palmer & PitmanTrees of Sn Afr.I. 334The mountain cypress is usually a shrubby tree, seldom — in South Africa — more than 30 feet (9m) high, and widespread in the mountains of the south, south east, and north. In tropical Africa this is a large tree up to 140 feet (43m) high.
1987T.F.J. Van RensburgIntro. to Fynbos 16Mountain cypresses (Widdringtonia nodiflora) often reach tree size when they are protected against fire for long enough or when they grow in sheltered spots.
1990M. Oettle inWeekend Post 29 Dec. (Leisure) 7Widdringtonia nodiflora, the mountain cypress.
1844J. BackhouseNarr. of Visit 572The Mountain Zebra, Equus Zebra, called Wilde Ezel or Wild Ass, is abundant here.
1878T.J. LucasCamp Life & Sport 218Burchell’s zebra..differs also from the mountain or true zebra, in the marking of the stripes, which is not continued down the legs as in the zebra proper.
1897H.A. BrydenNature & Sport 96Here, upon inaccessible cliffs, and rugged hills, still finds shelter that rare beast, the true or mountain zebra, an animal now becoming very scarce. This quadruped (Equus zebra) gallops the mountains, and climbs from steep to steep.
1957L.G. GreenBeyond City Lights 32In the Van Riebeeck diary you will see that the men found the tracks and droppings of an animal they had heard about, but never seen. It was the mountain zebra.
1971Argus 10 May 4One of the most rare species of mammal in the world — the mountain zebra.
1988K. Sutton inMotorist May 23Mountain zebra need to migrate to better grazing to survive.
1990Skinner & SmithersMammals of Sn Afr. Subregion 576Only two subspecies have been described, the Cape mountain zebra E. z. zebra, from the Cape Province, and Hartman’s mountain zebra, E. z. hartmannae, of Namibia and Angola.
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