Definition of boerbull in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbôrˌbo͝ol/ Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝or-/
(also boerbul)


South African
A large dog crossbred from the mastiff and indigenous African dogs.
Example sentences
  • The terrible death of the boerbull called Boomer has traumatised his owners, who regarded him as a member of the family.
  • Inside their spartan kennels, Scoop, a boerbul, circles frenetically, obsessively pawing at the gate to his pen.
  • Bella, our young boerbul had just spent 10 days at the vet after having her leg shattered in an altercation with a car.


1960s: from Afrikaans boerboel, from boer (commonly applied to indigenous plants and animals) + boel, from Dutch bul (as in bulhond 'mastiff').

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Syllabification: boer·bull

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