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An antelope (Tragelaphus scriptus) of sub-Saharan Africa, having a reddish-brown coat with white markings, and spirally twisted horns in the male.

[Translation of Afrikaans bosbok : bos, bush + bok, buck.]


(ˈbʊʃˌbʌk) or


n, pl -bucks, -buck, -boks or -bok
(Animals) a small nocturnal spiral-horned antelope, Tragelaphus scriptus, of the bush and tropical forest of Africa. Its coat is reddish-brown with a few white markings



n., pl. -bucks, (esp. collectively) -buck.
an African antelope, Tragelaphus scriptus, of wooded and bushy regions, having a reddish body streaked or spotted with white.
[1850–55; < Afrikaans bosbok, earlier boschbok=bos bush1 + bok buck1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bushbuck - antelope with white markings like a harness and twisted hornsbushbuck - antelope with white markings like a harness and twisted horns
genus Strepsiceros, genus Tragelaphus, Strepsiceros, Tragelaphus - African antelopes: kudus; bongos; nyalas; bushbucks
harnessed antelope - any of several antelopes of the genus Tragelaphus having striped markings resembling a harness
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Close to them crocodiles were swimming sneakily and at the same time baboons were moving around bushbucks, waterbucks, kudus and impalas.
I kicked up well over 50 bushbucks during the 24-plus hours of stalking I did.
I had brought some treestands and we placed a set along the river where bushbucks were drinking.
DE BOECK E, 1991, <<On Bushbucks without Horns: Male and Female Initiation among the Aluund of Southwest Zaire >>, Journal des Africanistes, 61, 1 : 37-71.
1991) 'On bushbucks without horns: male and female initiation among the Aluund of south-west Zaire', Journal des africanistes 61 (1): 37-71.
End your tour with a three-hour drive through the Kwantu Game Reserve and see such big game staples like lions, rhinos, elephants, buffaloes and other animals like hippos and bushbucks.