waterbuck, noun

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South African DutchShow more Calqued on South African Dutch waterbok, see waterbok.
The antelope Kobus ellipsiprymnus of the Bovidae, found usually in the vicinity of marshes and rivers, and characterized by a prominent white ring on the hindquarters; waterbok. Also attributive.
1839 W.C. Harris Wild Sports 186I believe..that I am the only European that ever shot a water buck. This noble antelope is about the size of an ass and of somewhat browner colour.
1852 R.B. Struthers Hunting Jrnl (1991) 19Saw a fine waterbuck in the lake cooling itself.
a1867 C.J. Andersson Notes of Trav. (1875) 326Axel succeeded in knocking over a large male water-buck (Aigocerus Ellipsiprymnus), probably an adult.
1891 R. Ward Sportsman’s Handbk 123In Zululand were to be found, a few years ago,..Waterbucks.
c1936 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 1088The Common Waterbuck, Height about 3 feet 9 inches; colour, brown to roan with white bands on either side of rump.
1949 J. Mockford Golden Land 224A furrow led from the pool along the sandy bed of the dry river, and..I came upon a dead waterbuck, dumped in a ravine as if in a larder.
1961 T.V. Bulpin White Whirlwind 288One of the troopers had shot a water buck cow.
1967 E. Rosenthal Encycl. of Sn Afr. 606A Waterbuck stands about four feet at the shoulder. It has great powers of survival and will defend itself in midstream with its long, twisted horns.
1990 Farmer’s Weekly 8 June 41Species available to hunters today include..waterbuck.
The antelope Kobus ellipsiprymnus of the Bovidae, found usually in the vicinity of marshes and rivers, and characterized by a prominent white ring on the hindquarters; waterbok. Also attributive.

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