[grahys-bok, greys-]


either of two small, usually solitary antelopes of southern Africa, Raphicerus melanotis, or R. sharpei (Sharpe's grysbok), having a light to dark reddish-brown coat speckled with white.

Origin of grysbok

1780–90; < Afrikaans, equivalent to grys gray (< Dutch grijs; see griseous) + bok buck1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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either of two small antelopes, Raphicerus melanotis or R. sharpei, of central and southern Africa, having small straight horns

Word Origin for grysbok

C18: Afrikaans, from Dutch grijs grey + bok buck 1
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