Cape buffalo

  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

First recorded in 1885–90
  • Also called African buffalo .

Words Nearby Cape buffalo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Cape buffalo in a sentence

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

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  • 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.

  • Mr. Pringle gives the following description of a Cape buffalo hunt.

  • That the Cape buffalo is nine feet from nose to root of tail.

British Dictionary definitions for Cape buffalo

Cape buffalo

  1. another name for buffalo (def. 1)

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