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Cape buffalo

noun
1.
a large black buffalo, Syncerus caffer, of southern Africa, having horns that meet at the base forming a helmetlike structure over the forehead.
Origin of Cape buffalo
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90
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  • That the Cape buffalo is nine feet from nose to root of tail.

  • They differ greatly from the Cape buffalo, to be met with further south.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • Mr. Pringle gives the following description of a Cape buffalo hunt.

  • The horns resemble those of the Cape buffalo, being broad at the base and covering nearly the entire forehead.

    North America Israel C. Russell
  • The Cape buffalo is regarded by naturalists as quite a distinct species from other buffaloes.

  • The skin of the Cape buffalo is made into shields and targets, and is so hard that a musket ball will scarcely penetrate it.

British Dictionary definitions for Cape buffalo

Cape buffalo

noun
1.
another name for buffalo (sense 1)
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