Main definitions of puku in English

: puku1puku2

puku1

noun

  • An antelope with a shaggy golden-yellow coat and short thick horns, native to wetland areas of southern Africa.

    • ‘On the small dambos and edges of floodplains reedbuck and puku graze on the short grass while shaggy-haired waterbuck pop up here and there in the most unlikely places.’
    • ‘Collaring another guest, we piled into the Land Rover and roared off, past herds of roan antelope and puku, under baobab trees and circling vultures, to where the last of the forest clumps gave way to limitless plain.’
    • ‘Typical animals of this pristine parkland are kudu, puku and Thornicroft's giraffe - a subspecies not found elsewhere.’
    • ‘There are antelope species like eland, impala, puku, waterbuck, bushbuck and kudu whereas lion leopard, wild dog and hyaena are also present.’
    • ‘It is rich in game with large herds of red lechwe, puku, Defassa waterbuck, Lichstenstein's hartebeest, roan antelope, and the shy sitatunga and birdlife including the endangered wattled crane.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Zulu mpuku.

Pronunciation

puku

/ˈpuːkuː/

Main definitions of puku in English

: puku1puku2

puku2

noun

NZ
  • A person's stomach or belly.

    ‘Uncle Pita, he had a big puku’
    • ‘Then you hoist the neoprene over the butt, around the puku, and with a convulsive heave you finish up looking like a stack of old tyres.’
    • ‘So Kai keeps telling me "You have a fat puku mummy."’
    • ‘If you look hard enough you can see my fat puku sticking out.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from Maori.

Pronunciation

puku

/ˈpʊkuː/