rooibok, noun

Forms:
roibok, roodebokShow more Also roibok, roodebok, rooyebok.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans, rooi (earlier South African Dutch roode) red + bok buck.
impala sense 1 a.
1824 W.J. Burchell Trav. II. 215One [antelope] is called Paala (Parla) by the Bichuanas, and is known by the name of Roodebok (Redbuck).
1835 A. Smith Diary (1940) II. 239The crocodile shot on Saturday had a rooyebok entire in its stomach.
1839 W.C. Harris Wild Sports 383Antilope Melampus. The Pallah. Rooye-bok of the Cape Colonists. Pallah of the Matabili and Bechuana.
1874 A. Edgar in Friend 4 JuneI fired at a ‘rooibok’ a long way off, and of course missed him.
1887 S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 171The pallah (Æpyceros melampus, Licht.) is found in Bechouanaland and on the eastern edge of the Kalihari, but seldom south of the Vaal River...It is also called the roodebok.
1939 S. Cloete Watch for Dawn 274It was said that no man knew how high a rooibok could jump when pressed.
1941 A.G. Bee Kalahari Camp Fires (1943) 18They rode out in search of things to shoot, and found the spoor of Rooibok or Impala.
1968 L.G. Green Full Many Glorious Morning 189Palapye Road, named by an extinct tribe after the rooibok, was once the site of the ‘post office tree’ where Livingstone and other travellers left their letters.
1989 I. Jones Woman’s World Cookbk 62Choice fillet of rooibok — impala — is used for these marinated treats for the braai.
impala1 a.

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