steenbok

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

Definition of steenbok

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

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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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