One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1South African. The blue duiker, Cephalophus (or Philantomba) monticola. Now rare.
2Historical. A large extinct antelope, Hippotragus leucophaeus, with a dark bluish coat and long curved horns, found in south-western South Africa until about 1800.
3The nilgai, Boselaphus tragocamelus, a large Indian antelope.
Early 19th century. From blue + buck.
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