One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An antelope with a shaggy golden-yellow coat and short thick horns, native to wetland areas of southern Africa.
Kobus vardonii, family Bovidae
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There are antelope species like eland, impala, puku, waterbuck, bushbuck and kudu whereas lion leopard, wild dog and hyaena are also present.’
- ‘Typical animals of this pristine parkland are kudu, puku and Thornicroft's giraffe - a subspecies not found elsewhere.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: from Zulu mpuku.
A person's stomach or belly.‘Uncle Pita, he had a big puku’
- ‘If you look hard enough you can see my fat puku sticking out.’
- ‘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."’
Early 20th century: from Maori.
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