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steenbok, noun

Forms:
steenbock, steinbokShow more Also steenbock, steinbok, stenbock.
Plurals:
unchanged, steenboks, or (formerly) steenbokken.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, transferred use of Dutch steenbok, steen stone + bok buck, a name for Capra ibex. The form steinbok is perhaps based on the misconception that the word is of German origin.
The small antelope Raphicerus campestris of the Bovidae, reddish-brown in colour (sometimes with a silvery sheen), and with large ears and straight horns; steenbokkie; steenbuck; stembuck; stonebuck. Also attributive. See also bleekbok.
1775 F. Masson in Phil. Trans. of Royal Soc. LXVI. 277We found many curious plants, and shot several animals, as steenbocken, hares, partridges.
1992 J. Feely in Afr. Wildlife Vol.46 No.4, 157Some if not most of the fossil specimens of Raphicerus found at archaeological sites in the ’Berg are more likely to be grysbok than steenbok (R. campestris).
The small antelope Raphicerus campestris of the Bovidae, reddish-brown in colour (sometimes with a silvery sheen), and with large ears and straight horns; steenbokkie; steenbuck; stembuck; stonebuck. Also attributive.

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