South African Dutch, Dutch, AfrikaansShow more South African Dutch rhebok, transferred use of Dutch reebok the male of the roe-deer Capreolus capreolus. (The modern Afrikaans form is ribbok, plural ribbokke/bɔkə/.)
1. Either of two species of antelope of the Bovidae, especially Pelea capreolus. a.The small grey antelope Pelea capreolus with very long, narrow, pointed ears and soft, thick, greyish-brown hair; grey rhebok, see sense 2 below; grey rhebuck, see rhebuck sense 2; rhebuck sense 1 a; roebuck sense a; vaal rhebok sense (b), see sense 2 below; vaal rhebuck, see rhebuck sense 2.b.rare.The mountain reedbuck (see reedbuck sense 2), Redunca fulvorufula.
1776F. Masson inPhil. Trans. of Royal Soc.LXVI. 270I spent a whole day..hunting a sort of antelope called Ree Bock; but had no success.
1786G. Forstertr. ofA. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H.II. 221The ree-bok is a gregarious animal, two feet in height. The predominant colour of it is an ash-colour, somewhat resembling that of a hare, but a little inclining to red.
1796C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.II. 44Ree-boks, Rietboks (Capra) and Bonteboks..frequented much these hilly and verdant fields.
1810G. BarringtonAcct of Voy. 282The ree-bok is the most remarkable; its size is that of the domestic goat, though much more elegantly made. The colour is a bluish grey; the belly and breast white; horns..annulated or ringed about a third part of the length from the base.
1834T. PringleAfr. Sketches 22The Reebok (Antelope Capreolus or Villosa), abounding in..the mountainous country around, is one of the smaller species of antelopes.
1837‘N. Polson’Subaltern’s Sick Leave 119Graceful rheebok bounding over the hill tops or up their sides; every now and then..stamping with his slight forefoot and sending his peculiar whistle down the breeze.
1851R.J. Garden Diary. I. (Killie Campbell Africana Library MS29081) 2 JulyGame such as blue, red & bush bucks, Duikers and Reh-boks abound.
1862Lady Duff-GordonLett. from Cape (1925) 128I have got a rhebok and a klipspringer skin for you.
1880E.F. SandemanEight Months in Ox-Waggon 92The others came down the hill, dragging between them a fine rhy-bok, about the size of a donkey, and not unlike it in colour and appearance.
1919R.Y. StormbergWith Love from Gwenno 61We..threw stones at dassies big as small bears;..followed the spoor of rhebok; brought down partridges and rock doves.
1933W.H.S. BellBygone Days 38On one occasion we were looking for reibock on the hills; we loaded one barrel with buckshot and the other with a round bullet wrapped in a bit of greased rag.
1971Evening Post 12 June 1He already has springbok, eland, wild ostrich, rhebok and gemsbok roaming his farm and intends to add black wildebeest.
1987B. Moodie inMotorist 2nd Quarter 16The reserve..has antelope such as the duiker, steenbok, grysbok, rhebok and bontebok (about 400).
1883M.A. Carey-HobsonFarm in Karoo 149Three beautiful light red Rehbock’s (a species of wild antelope) darted past.
c1936S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 1090The Red Rhebok (C. fulvorufula; Dutch, rooi reebok). Sometimes, but erroneously, called the Lesser Reedbuck.
1974E. Prov. Herald 25 May 4He has many species of antelope including eland and red rheebok.
[1786rooi rhebok: G. Forstertr. ofA. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H.I. 131Some of the smaller kinds of antilopes, as steenboks, klip-springers, rie-reeboks, and boschboks, run without stopping, till they are out of the hunter’s sight.]
1835A. SteedmanWanderingsI. 176We observed, at some little distance, several antelopes of the description called roode-rheebok, which were running up the mountain.
1835A. SmithDiary (1940) II. 111A female rooye rheebok, head and greater part of neck dull rufous.
1896R. WardRec. of Big Game 132The Rooi (red) Rhebok is usually found in..rough hilly country..but prefers, as a rule, the lower slopes to the highest parts of the mountain.
1923[see quot. at vaal rhebokbelow].
1939J.B. Taylor inF.G. ButlerWhen Boys Were Men (1969) 259The hills held vaal and rooi rhebok.
1957Cape Argus 13 July 7I have seen a rooi-rhebok ewe battling to save her kid from an eagle.
1990G. Haresnape inM. LevesonFiretalk 31As we near the peak, a fine rooi-rhebok runs up ahead of us.
The small grey antelope Pelea capreolus with very long, narrow, pointed ears and soft, thick, greyish-brown hair; grey rhebok, see 2 below; grey rhebuck, see rhebuck2; rhebuck1 a; roebucka; vaal rhebok sense (b), see 2 below; vaal rhebuck, see rhebuck2.
The mountain reedbuckreedbuck2, Redunca fulvorufula.
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