bush·​buck | \ ˈbu̇sh-ˌbək How to pronounce bushbuck (audio) \
plural bushbuck or bushbucks

Definition of bushbuck

: 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 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, "No, you can’t bring African animal skins, heads, or giant African land snail shells to the U.S. and call them ‘drums and clothes’," 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, "Wild Pups Romp Again in an African Paradise," 3 Aug. 2019 There are also buffalo and small antelope like puku and bushbuck. Martin Edstrom, National Geographic, "How 9 National Geographic Explorers Got Their Start," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of bushbuck

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bushbuck

translation of Afrikaans bosbok

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“Bushbuck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bushbuck. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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