rhebuck, noun

Forms:
rhee buck, reh-buckShow more Also rhee buck, reh-buck, reheebuck.
Plurals:
unchanged.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Englished form of South African Dutch rhebok, see rhebok.
1. a. The rhebok (sense 1 a), Pelea capreolus. b. The mountain reedbuck (see reedbuck sense 2), Redunca fulvorufula.
1839 W.C. Harris Wild Sports 384Redunca Capreolus. The Rhee Buck. Rhee-bok of the Cape Colonists.
1860 A.W. Drayson Sporting Scenes 62The reh-buck (Eleotragus villosus)...Found in troops of from six to twelve, generally on the rocky hills.
1898 G. Nicholson 50 Yrs 21On and around this farm black gnus and springbuck grazed in thousands on the plains; among the mounts rhebuck and klipspringer were to be had.
1930 S.T. Plaatje Mhudi (1975) 48On the surrounding hills, bushbuck and rhebuck peeped through the tree stems from the distance.
1952 H. Klein Land of Silver Mist 115Herds of rhebuck dashed away.
1960 U. Krige (tr. of J. van Melle) in D. Wright S. Afr. Stories 131There was hardly any game left; now and again a steenbok or duiker,..a couple of rhebuck, a rietbok, nothing to speak of.
1986 E. Tvl (Satour) 16Rhebuck inhabit the grassy highlands.
2. With distinguishing epithet:
grey rhebuck, the rhebok (sense 1 a), Pelea capreolus;
mountain rhebuck, red rhebuck, or rooi rhebuck /rɔi-/ [Afrikaans rooi red (attributive form rooie)], the mountain reedbuck (see reedbuck sense 2), Redunca fulvorufula;
vaal rhebuck /fɑːl-/, the rhebok (sense 1 a), Pelea capreolus. Also attributive.
1972 S. Afr. Panorama Jan. 19On the plateau one finds grey rhebuck and oribi.
1980 J. Hanks Mammals 29The grey rhebuck is frequently misidentified, and the most similar species is the mountain reedbuck.
1986 Sunday Star 9 Nov. (Trav. Suppl.) 2Among a dozen species of antelope you may see grey rhebuck, unique to South Africa, high up on the plateau, if you should venture to those heights.
1987 T.F.J. Van Rensburg Intro. to Fynbos 52Species that are still found abundantly in fynbos areas are the bontebok.., grysbok, klipspringer, baboons, black-backed jackal, caracal and grey rhebuck.
1982 E. Prov. Herald 16 Sept. 11Mountain rhebuck and kudu as well as a variety of smaller game.
1891 R. Ward Sportsman’s Handbk 122In Natal are found the Bushbuck..and Red Rhebuck.
1971 Grocott’s Mail 8 June 3A red rheebuck ram and eight ewes..have been released in the Thomas Baines Nature Reserve.
1987 T.F.J. Van Rensburg Intro. to Fynbos 52Species that occur in limited numbers because they move from adjoining veld types are the bush-pig, kudu, red rhebuck, oribi, duiker, steenbok, bushbuck and blue duiker.
1839 W.C. Harris Wild Sports 224The mountain range and its grassy environs, are the resort of six smaller species of antelope, hitherto unnoticed in these pages; viz., the klipspringer, rheebuck, rooe rheebuck, or nagor, ourebi, steenbuck, and duiker.
1839 W.C. Harris Wild Sports 384Redunca Lalandii. The Nagor. Rooye Rhee-bok of the Cape Colonists.
1973 E. Prov. Herald 26 Sept. 4The bag limits will be: Blesbuck two, rooirhebuck three, kudu two and springbuck four.
1912 W. Westrup Land of To-Morrow 163If you’re as handy with a rifle as you are with a shot gun, you ought to do well after vaal rhebuck in the mountains.
1952 H. Klein Land of Silver Mist 115Suddenly Piet yelled ‘N’Yama’ — and two vaal-rhebucks broke cover immediately in front of us.
1993 Earthyear Winter (Earthling) 27Table Mountain is unique...There are still duiker, grysbok, vaal rhebuck.
The rhebok (sense 1 a), Pelea capreolus.
The mountain reedbuckreedbuck2, Redunca fulvorufula.
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