[byoo-buh-lahyn, -lin]
  1. (of antelopes) resembling or like the bubal, as the hartebeests or blesbok.
  2. pertaining to or resembling the true buffaloes.

Origin of bubaline

From the Latin word būbalīnus, dating back to 1820–30. See bubal, -ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for bubaline


  1. (of antelopes) related to or resembling the bubal
  2. resembling or relating to the buffalo

Word Origin for bubaline

C19: from New Latin, from Latin būbalus; see bubal
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