Definition of bontebok in English:


Syllabification: bon·te·bok
Pronunciation: /ˈbän(t)ēˌbäk

noun (plural same or bonteboks)

An antelope with a mainly reddish-brown coat and white face, found in eastern South Africa. It belongs to the same species as the blesbok.
  • Damaliscus dorcas dorcas, family Bovidae
More example sentences
  • He would have been happy to shoot a bontebok or an eland, but what he found grazing in the heath was a solitary bluebuck with scimitar-shaped horns.
  • Running around this landscape of giant heathers, you will also see ostriches, bonteboks, baboons and, if you are lucky, a fly-past from a blue crane.
  • The conservation status of the Cape mountain zebra (Equus zebra zebra), a rare and endangered mammal, was even worse than that of the bontebok.


late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Dutch bont 'pied' + bok 'buck'.

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