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A large cross-breed dog bred from the mastiff and indigenous African dogs.
- ‘Inside their spartan kennels, Scoop, a boerbul, circles frenetically, obsessively pawing at the gate to his pen.’
- ‘The terrible death of the boerbull called Boomer has traumatised his owners, who regarded him as a member of the family.’
- ‘Bella, our young boerbul had just spent 10 days at the vet after having her leg shattered in an altercation with a car.’
- ‘The family, who wished to remain anonymous, had come into contact with the deadly virus after their pet boerbull puppy had been attacked by a stray rabid dog at their Wild Coast home.’
- ‘I share my house with a boerbull called Clapton and 15 snakes.’
1960s: Afrikaans, from boer (commonly applied to indigenous plants and animals) + boel, from Dutch bul (as in bulhond ‘mastiff’).
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