Definition of steenbok in English:

steenbok

(also steenbuck, steinbok)

noun

  • A small African antelope with large ears, a small tail, and smooth upright horns.

    • ‘They have stolen a statue of a steenbok from Wits University, as well as the plaque on the striking black granite cube commemorating Enoch Sontonga, author of the national anthem.’
    • ‘The Reserve is stocked with small game - blesbok, mountain reebok, duiker, klipspringer and steenbok, as well as the small creatures: mongoose, tortoise and genet.’
    • ‘It now houses more than 20 of the zoo's animals, including five white lions, sitatungas, antelope, deer, meerkats, a baby steenbok and an aviary with more than 100 species of birds.’
    • ‘They have observed that when caracal numbers in their region are moderate, that there is an increase in natural prey animals such as hares, steenbok and dassies.’
    • ‘Other game reintroductions include Liechtenstein hartebeest and steenbuck.’
    • ‘We had already seen a couple of rhinos, a small steenbok and a pair of battleur eagles when the call came through on the radio from one of the other vehicles: ‘Lions, lions, zebra kill, zebra kill!’’
    • ‘It was a night for steenbok, springhares and Cape hares too whose eyes lit up by our torch lights raised diminishing levels of excitement as we saw more and more.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Dutch, from steen ‘stone’ + bok ‘buck’.

Pronunciation

steenbok

/ˈstēnbäk//ˈstinbɑk/