wa·​ter·​buck | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌbək How to pronounce waterbuck (audio) , ˈwä- \
plural waterbuck or waterbucks

Definition of waterbuck

: a stocky antelope (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) of sub-Saharan Africa that commonly frequent streams or wet areas

Examples of waterbuck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some are the polar bears and harbor seals; the cheetahs, Thomson's gazelles, southern ground hornbills and cinereous vultures; and the African lions, waterbuck, kudu and zebra. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Dec. 2021 African farmers, ranchers and sportsmen have been hunting native impala, oryx, blesbok, warthogs, kudu, wildebeest, waterbuck, and all the rest (even buffalo, lion, and elephant) with medium caliber, medium power cartridges for more than a century. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 13 Jan. 2020 Striped throngs of zebra bound below among groups of red hartebeest and shaggy waterbuck. Paul Steyn, National Geographic, 2 May 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, 3 Aug. 2019 September 10, 2018 4 Flavia teaches her cubs how to kill a waterbuck. David Quammen, National Geographic, 12 June 2019 Several nice lodges overlook the channel, where guests can watch baboons and waterbuck and African fish eagles from the decks of their thatch-roofed bandas. Tom Hanscom, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2019 Behind them, a lonely waterbuck hid in the shade of an acacia tree, near a regal grey crowned crane that pecked at the grass for bugs. Benedict Moran, National Geographic, 7 May 2019 Fischer compiled photos of the animals the pair had hunted, which included a leopard, giraffe, impala and waterbuck, and sent the images along with descriptions of each kill to more than 100 people, KBOI reported. Allyson Chiu, The Seattle Times, 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of waterbuck

1838, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2022

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“Waterbuck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterbuck. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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