noun (plural pukus)
An antelope with a shaggy golden-yellow coat and short thick horns, native to wetland areas of southern Africa.
- Kobus vardonii, family Bovidae
- There are antelope species like eland, impala, puku, waterbuck, bushbuck and kudu whereas lion leopard, wild dog and hyaena are also present.
- It is rich in game with large herds of red lechwe, puku, Defassa waterbuck, Lichstenstein's hartebeest, roan antelope, and the shy sitatunga and birdlife including the endangered wattled crane.
- Typical animals of this pristine parkland are kudu, puku and Thornicroft's giraffe - a subspecies not found elsewhere.
Late 19th century: from Zulu mpuku.
A person’s stomach or belly: Uncle Pita, he had a big puku
More example sentences
- Then you hoist the neoprene over the butt, around the puku, and with a convulsive heave you finish up looking like a stack of old tyres.
- So Kai keeps telling me "You have a fat puku mummy."
- If you look hard enough you can see my fat puku sticking out.
Early 20th century: from Maori.
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