roo·​de·​bok | \ ˈrüdəˌbäk \
plural roodebok or roodeboks

Definition of roodebok

1 : impala
2 : a reddish duikerbok (Cephalophus patalensis)

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First Known Use of roodebok

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for roodebok

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

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“Roodebok.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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