noun, plural bon·te·boks, (especially collectively) bon·te·bok.
  1. a purplish-red antelope, Damaliscus dorcas, of southern Africa, having a white face and rump: now nearly extinct.

Origin of bontebok

1780–90; < Afrikaans, equivalent to bont piebald (≪ Medieval Latin punctus dotted; see point) + bok buck1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of bontebok

  • His horns are of a light colour, nearly white, while those of the bontebok are black.

  • The bontebok is not only one of the loveliest antelopes in Africa, but one of the swiftest.

  • Bontebok: About 30 in Bredasdorp and 45 in Swellendam divisions.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday

  • Hence the name “bontebok,” or “painted buck,” as given by the Dutch colonists to this species.

  • Herds of gnus and bontebok bounded over the plains, and many solitary antelopes started from their lairs as he approached them.

British Dictionary definitions for bontebok


noun plural -boks or -bok
  1. an antelope, Damaliscus pygargus (or dorcas), of southern Africa, having a deep reddish-brown coat with a white blaze, tail, and rump patch

Word Origin for bontebok

C18: Afrikaans, from bont pied + bok buck 1
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