black·​buck ˈblak-ˌbək How to pronounce blackbuck (audio)
: an antelope (Antilope cervicapra) native to India and adjacent regions in which the male has spirally twisted horns and a chiefly dark brown coat and the female a chiefly yellowish-fawn coat

Examples of blackbuck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only two exceptions—as far as the data goes—were the blackbuck (a kind of antelope) and the Patagonian mara (a kind of rodent). Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 28 Dec. 2021 This includes wild horses, whitetail and axis deer, blackbuck antelope, African oryx, armadillo roadrunners, and more. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2021 Harry Fleming, the operations manager at a ranch north of San Antonio, had wild blackbuck, axis and whitetail deer coming right up to him for feed — extremely atypical behavior. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2021 Leopards, bears, and blackbucks lurk in the dense thickets. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, 15 May 2019 Salman Khan, the brooding Bollywood megastar, was accused of killing two blackbucks in 1998 outside a Bishnoi village near the city of Jodhpur. Shashank Bengali,, 17 May 2018 One of the most popular actors of Indian cinema, Mr. Khan was found guilty of shooting two blackbucks while working on a film in Rajasthan in 1998. Vibhuti Agarwal, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2018 Prosecutors alleged the 52-year-old shot the two blackbucks while out driving with some of his co-stars. Nicole Chavez, CNN, 7 Apr. 2018 He was found guilty of killing two blackbucks, a type of antelope found in the country, while working on a film in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan in the 1998. Nicole Chavez, CNN, 7 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blackbuck was in 1834

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“Blackbuck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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