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rietbok, noun

Forms:
reetbok, reitbocShow more Also reetbok, reitboc, reitbok, rietbock, ritbock.
Plurals:
unchanged, or rietboks.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, riet reed + bok antelope, goat; see quotation 1827.
The small antelope Redunca arundinum, having a bushy tail, fur of a colour from brown or buffy-grey to buffy-yellow, and (in the male) V-shaped, forward-curving, ridged horns; reedbuck sense 1, rietbuck. Also attributive.
Note:
In Skinner & Smithers’s Mammals of Sn Afr. Subregion (1990), the name ‘reedbuck’ is used for this species.
[1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. II. 222The riet, (or reed) ree-bok, I saw but once.]
1994 M. Roberts tr. of J.A. Wahlberg’s Trav. Jrnls 1838–56 31On the other side of the Umvoti saw 4 lion hunting a Rietbock.
The small antelope Redunca arundinum, having a bushy tail, fur of a colour from brown or buffy-grey to buffy-yellow, and (in the male) V-shaped, forward-curving, ridged horns; reedbuck1, rietbuck. Also attributive.

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