Definition of bontebok in English:



  • An antelope with a mainly reddish-brown coat and white face, found in eastern South Africa. It belongs to the same species as the blesbok.

    Damaliscus dorcas dorcas, family Bovidae

    • ‘He would have been happy to shoot a bontebok or an eland, but what he found grazing in the heath was a solitary bluebuck with scimitar-shaped horns.’
    • ‘The conservation status of the Cape mountain zebra (Equus zebra zebra), a rare and endangered mammal, was even worse than that of the bontebok.’
    • ‘‘It's just a matter of hours before she gives birth,’ Dominic Moss says excitedly as he peers at the bontebok's swollen belly.’
    • ‘Running around this landscape of giant heathers, you will also see ostriches, bonteboks, baboons and, if you are lucky, a fly-past from a blue crane.’


Late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Dutch bont ‘pied’ + bok ‘buck’.