[ steen-bok, steyn- ]
/ ˈstinˌbɒk, ˈsteɪn- /

noun, plural steen·boks, (especially collectively) steen·bok.

a small antelope, Raphicerus campestris, of grassy areas of eastern and southern Africa.

Nearby words

  1. steelworks,
  2. steely,
  3. steelyard,
  4. steen,
  5. steen, jan,
  6. steenbras,
  7. steep,
  8. steeped,
  9. steepen,
  10. steeple

Also steinbok.

Origin of steenbok

1765–75; < Afrikaans < Dutch steen stone + bok buck1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for steenbok

  • 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


/ (ˈstiːnˌbɒk) /

noun plural -boks or -bok

a small antelope, Raphicerus campestris, of central and southern Africa, having a reddish-brown coat and straight smooth hornsAlso called: steinbok

Word Origin for steenbok

C18: from Afrikaans, from Dutch steen stone + bok buck 1; 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