reedbuck, noun

Forms:
Also reidbuck.
Plurals:
unchanged.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch rietbok, see rietbok; see quotation 1834.
1. The rietbok, Redunca arundinum. Also attributive.
Note:
In Skinner & Smithers’s Mammals of Sn Afr. Subregion (1990), the name ‘reedbuck’ is used for this species.
1834 Penny Cyclopaedia 79The reitbok..or reedbuck, so called from its habits of frequenting the reedy banks and beds of dry water-courses.
1852 R.B. Struthers Hunting Jrnl (1991) 7Shot a fine large reed buck which was a most welcome addition to our commissariat.
1867 T. Shone Diary. 27 MayHenry shot a reed Buck.
1884 E.V.C. Promised Land 75I loosed off at a reidbuck, rather far off, but I saw him wince to the shot.
1896 R. Ward Rec. of Big Game 134The Reedbuck (Rietbok of the Boers) is much less common in South Africa than it used to be, and to get fairly into the country of this interesting and characteristic water antelope one has nowadays to travel far.
1900 W.L. Sclater Mammals of S. Afr. I. 196The reedbuck lives always in grassy or reedy valleys in the neighbourhood of streams and vleys...When distressed, this buck gives vent to a loud characteristic whistle.
c1936 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 1090The Reedbuck (cervicapra arundinum..)...On the approach of danger the animal gives a shrill squeak, which is sometimes continued by the females, which bound forward and stop at intervals, thus giving the alarm to all game in the neighbourhood.
1940 V. Pohl Bushveld Adventures 47Eric shot a full-grown reedbuck ram whose weight must have been well over two hundred pounds.
1947 E.R. Seary S. Afr. Short StoriesGlossary, Reedbuck,..an antelope which has its hiding place in reeds and long grass. It is about three feet in height at the shoulder.
1974 E. Prov. Herald 7 Sept. 6There are fewer than 100 reedbuck left in the Cape.
1990 Skinner & Smithers Mammals of Sn Afr. Subregion 704Reedbuck are named from their characteristic association with vleis or reedbeds.
1991 J. Shepherd-Smith in Sunday Tribune 19 May 5Along the route reedbuck,..waterbuck, kudu and red duiker can be seen grazing and browsing before skittishly running off to observe us from a safe distance.
2. With distinguishing epithet: mountain reedbuck, the antelope Redunca fulvorufula of the Bovidae, found mainly in hilly, mountainous, or rocky areas and characterized by its fawn to grey-coloured fur, white underparts and bushy tail; mountain rhebuck, see rhebuck sense 2; red rhebok, see rhebok sense 2; red rhebuck, see rhebuck sense 2; rhebok sense 1 b; rhebuck sense 1 b; roebuck sense b.
1973 C.M. Van der Westhuizen in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. IX.Formerly also known as the red reebok.., the mountain reedbuck is distributed over..mountainous regions.
1974 E. Prov. Herald 7 Sept. 6The department estimates that there are roughly 20000 springbok and 40000 rooi ribbok (mountain reed-buck)..mainly on private land.
1980 J. Hanks Mammals 28Found in broken hilly country...The mountain reedbuck is mainly a grazer, occasionally browsing.
1982 S. Afr. Panorama Aug. 29At Umfolozi itself a population of 900 white rhinoceroses remain. In addition to these there are..great numbers of impala, waterbuck, common and mountain reedbuck, nyala, kudu..hyena, jackal and many smaller mammal species.
1990 Weekend Post 5 May 8Red hartebees, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, jackal, bushpig, vervet monkey, baboon and lynx.
The rietbok, Redunca arundinum. Also attributive.
mountain reedbuck, the antelope Redunca fulvorufula of the Bovidae, found mainly in hilly, mountainous, or rocky areas and characterized by its fawn to grey-coloured fur, white underparts and bushy tail; mountain rhebuck, see rhebuck2; red rhebok, see rhebok2; red rhebuck, see rhebuck2; rhebok1 b; rhebuck1 b; roebuckb.
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