roodebok

noun

roo·​de·​bok
ˈrüdəˌbäk
plural roodebok or roodeboks
1
: impala
2
: a reddish duikerbok (Cephalophus patalensis)

Word History

Etymology

Afrikaans rooibok (previously spelled roodebok), from rooi red (from Middle Dutch root, rood) + bok male goat, male antelope, from Middle Dutch boc male goat; akin to Old English rēad red and to Old English buc, bucca male goat

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of roodebok was in 1824

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“Roodebok.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roodebok. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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