steenbok

[steen-bok, steyn-]
noun, plural steen·boks, (especially collectively) steen·bok.
  1. a small antelope, Raphicerus campestris, of grassy areas of eastern and southern Africa.
Also steinbok.

Origin of steenbok

1765–75; < Afrikaans < Dutch steen stone + bok buck1
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Examples from the Web for steenbok

Historical Examples of 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

steenbok

noun plural -boks or -bok
  1. 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
n.

1775, from Afrikaans steenbok, from Middle Dutch steenboc, literally "stone buck," cognate with Old English stanbucca "mountain goat," German Steinbock.

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