bon·​te·​bok | \ ˈbäntə̇ˌbäk \
variants: or less commonly bontebuck \ -​ˌbək \
plural bontebok or bonteboks

Definition of bontebok

: a southern African antelope (Damaliscus dorcas dorcas synonym D. pygargus) that is now extinct except in semidomestication and is of a purplish red color with a white face and rump

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History and Etymology for bontebok

Afrikaans bontebok, bontbok, from bont spotted (from Middle Dutch, probably from Medieval Latin punctus dotted) + bok male antelope, male goat, from Middle Dutch boc; akin to Old High German boc male goat

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“Bontebok.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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