bles·​bok ˈbles-ˌbäk How to pronounce blesbok (audio)
: a South African antelope (Damaliscus dorcas synonym D. pygargus) having a large white patch down the center of the face

Examples of blesbok in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The crosswind was upwards of 20 mph and the blesbok was just on the other side of 500 yards. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, 26 Jan. 2021 African farmers, ranchers and sportsmen have been hunting native impala, oryx, blesbok, warthogs, kudu, wildebeest, waterbuck, and all the rest (even buffalo, lion, and elephant) with medium caliber, medium power cartridges for more than a century. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 13 Jan. 2020

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Word History


Afrikaans, from bles blaze + bok male antelope

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blesbok was in 1824

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“Blesbok.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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