steenbok

noun
steen·​bok | \ ˈstēn-ˌbäk How to pronounce steenbok (audio) , ˈstān- \
variants: or steinbok \ ˈstīn-​ How to pronounce steenbok (audio) , ˈstān-​ \

Definition of steenbok

: a small slender antelope (Raphicerus campestris) with long legs that inhabits chiefly grasslands of eastern and southern Africa

Examples of steenbok in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Herds of zebra and impala and kudu, springbok and steenbok and oryx graze on carpets of desert grasses. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Onguma’s guides treated me to numerous sightings of various antelope — kudu, steenbok, and oryx, to name a few — and my favorite of them all: the tiny dik dik, standing little more than a foot high at the shoulder. Eric Vohr, Philly.com, "Wildlife in Namibia? Follow the water," 15 Sep. 2017 Onguma’s guides treated me to numerous sightings of various antelope — kudu, steenbok and oryx, to name a few — and my favorite of them all: the tiny dik dik, standing little more than a foot high at the shoulder. Eric Vohr, chicagotribune.com, "Sparsely populated Namibia delivers lots of surprises for safari-goers," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of steenbok

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for steenbok

Afrikaans steenbok, from Dutch, ibex, from Middle Dutch steenboc; akin to Old English stānbucca ibex, stān stone, bucca buck

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Cite this Entry

“Steenbok.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steenbok. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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