steenbok

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n steenbok small plains antelope of southeastern Africa
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Steenbok (Zoöl) Same as Steinbock.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n steenbok One of several small African antelopes of the genus Nanotragus, fond of rocky places (whence the name). The common steenbok is N. tragulus, generally distributed in South Africa, about 3 feet long and 20 inches tall, with straight horns about 4 inches long in the male, none in the female, large ears, and no false hoofs. It is of a general reddishbrown color, white below. The gray steenbok is N. melanotis N. oreotragus is the klip-springer (which see, with cut). Also steenbock, steinbock. Compare steinbock and stonebuck.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Steenbok stān′bok one of several small African antelopes.
    • n Steenbok the name given in German Switzerland to the ibex of the Alps.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. steen, stone + bok, buck
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger. stein, stone, rock, bock, buck, he-goat.

Usage

In literature:

I left Steenbok when my husband died, five years ago.
"Saint's Progress" by John Galsworthy
On March 10 my faithful brown pony Steenbok died of horse-sickness.
"On Commando" by Dietlof Van Warmelo
Bonny, (one of Hobson's younger sons), and I went out one day after breakfast to try for a steenbok before dinner.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
And yet the steenbok did not appear to dread it.
"The Young Yagers" by Mayne Reid
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