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[steen-bok, steyn-] /ˈstinˌbɒk, ˈsteɪn-/
noun, plural steenboks (especially collectively) steenbok.
a small antelope, Raphicerus campestris, of grassy areas of eastern and southern Africa.
Also, steinbok.
Origin of steenbok
1765-75; < Afrikaans < Dutch steen stone + bok buck1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Up leaped a steenbok, which ran a hundred yards or so, and stopped to look at me.

    Six Months at the Cape R.M. Ballantyne
  • On March 10 my faithful brown pony steenbok died of horse-sickness.

    On Commando

    Dietlof Van Warmelo
British Dictionary definitions for steenbok


noun (pl) -boks, -bok
a small antelope, Raphicerus campestris, of central and southern Africa, having a reddish-brown coat and straight smooth horns Also called steinbok
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans, from Dutch steen stone + bokbuck1; Compare steinbock
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Word Origin and History for steenbok

1775, from Afrikaans steenbok, from Middle Dutch steenboc, literally "stone buck," cognate with Old English stanbucca "mountain goat," German Steinbock.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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