One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
- ‘‘It's just a matter of hours before she gives birth,’ Dominic Moss says excitedly as he peers at the bontebok's swollen belly.’
- ‘The conservation status of the Cape mountain zebra (Equus zebra zebra), a rare and endangered mammal, was even worse than that of the bontebok.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Dutch bont ‘pied’ + bok ‘buck’.
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