swartwitpens, noun

Forms:
swart-vet-pens, swart-witpenseShow more Also swart-vet-pens, swart-witpense, swartwitpenz, zwart-wit-pens.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier Dutch zwartwitpens), swart black + wit white + pens belly, paunch; see quotation 1913.
obsolescent
The Harris buck, Hippotragus niger.
1869 T. Baines Diary (1946) I. 137We saw a fine troop of Zwart-wit-pens..or Harris bucks.
1880 E.F. Sandeman Eight Months in Ox-Waggon 254We rode along..hoping to find a koodoo or perhaps a swart-witpense feeding on the luxuriant grass growing under the shade of the trees.
1885 H. Rider Haggard King Solomon’s Mines 25He groped in his shirt and brought out what I thought was a Boer tobacco pouch of the skin of the Swart-vet-pens (sable antelope). It was fastened with a little strip of hide, what we call a rimpi.
1897 H.A. Bryden Nature & Sport 209A European would make little of that spoor; but Hans Botha sees at a glance that a troop of Zwart-wit-pens (sable antelope), big, long-horned beasts, has after drinking at the river, passed that way but half-an-hour since.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 579Zwart-wit-pens,..The name refers to the black and white markings on the under part of the animal, lit. ‘black and white belly’.
1937 S. Cloete Turning Wheels 45Large numbers of buffalo, wildebeeste, koodoo, roibok, eland, roan and swartwitpenz were dragged in every day by the tired oxen.
1951 Cape Argus 8 Dec. 4He and Conroy spotted a fine buck — a swartwitpens.
1958 S. Cloete Mask 135Not only lions and tigers were dangerous. The greater buck like the swart witpens or sable with horns like scimitars were dangerous when wounded.
The Harris buck, Hippotragus niger.

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