bush·​buck ˈbu̇sh-ˌbək How to pronounce bushbuck (audio)
plural bushbuck or bushbucks
: a small African striped antelope (Tragelaphus scriptus) especially of sub-Saharan forests that has spirally twisted horns in the male

Examples of bushbuck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers suspect bushbuck will vacate the plains pretty quickly. Roni Dengler, Discover Magazine, 7 Mar. 2019 Federal officials said inspectors identified the skins were from bushbucks, a species of antelope in sub-Saharan Africa, and from genets and civets, small catlike mammals. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2019 In Gorongosa, the dogs target bushbuck, impala and waterbuck, surrounding the prey, grabbing at legs, nose and hindquarters, disemboweling it from below. Natalie Angier, New York Times, 3 Aug. 2019 There are also buffalo and small antelope like puku and bushbuck. Martin Edstrom, National Geographic, 16 June 2017

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Word History


translation of Afrikaans bosbok

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bushbuck was in 1827

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“Bushbuck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bushbuck. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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