Definition of bushbuck in English:

Share this entry

bushbuck

Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝oSHˌbək/

noun

A small antelope with a reddish-brown coat with white markings, found in southern Africa.
  • Tragelaphus scriptus, family Bovidae.
Example sentences
  • Across the open grasslands are scattered various members of the antelope family - horned bushbucks, waterbucks, eland, topi, gazelle and impala.
  • Other animal species to look out for include impala, blue wildebeest, waterbuck, zebra, nyala, kudu, bushbuck, warthog, cheetah, hyena, jackal and giraffe.
  • Shy bushbuck, kudu, eland, impala, and elephant all take their turn whilst buffalo and waterbuck make their way to the sandy banks of the Zambesi.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from bush1 + buck1, influenced by obsolete Dutch boshbok (now bosbok).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: bush·buck

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.