Cape buffalo


: the large reddish-brown to black wild buffalo (Syncerus caffer) of sub-Saharan Africa

called also African buffalo

Word History


Cape of Good Hope, Africa

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cape buffalo was in 1860

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“Cape buffalo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

Cape buffalo

: a large wild buffalo of Africa south of the Sahara

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