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 (stēn′bŏk′, stān′-) also stein·bok (stīn′-)
A small antelope (Raphicerus campestris) of southern and eastern African grasslands, having a brownish coat, large ears, and short pointed horns in the male.

[Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch steenboc, ibex : steen, stone; see stāi- in Indo-European roots + boc, buck.]


n, pl -boks or -bok
(Animals) a small antelope, Raphicerus campestris, of central and southern Africa, having a reddish-brown coat and straight smooth horns. Also called: steinbok
[C18: from Afrikaans, from Dutch steen stone + bok buck1; Compare steinbock]


(ˈstinˌbɒk, ˈsteɪn-)

also steinbok

n., pl. -boks, (esp. collectively) -bok.
a small African antelope, Raphicerus campestris: only males have spikes.
[1765–75; < Afrikaans < Dutch steen stone + bok buck1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.steenbok - small plains antelope of southeastern Africasteenbok - small plains antelope of southeastern Africa
antelope - graceful Old World ruminant with long legs and horns directed upward and backward; includes gazelles; springboks; impalas; addax; gerenuks; blackbucks; dik-diks
genus Raphicerus, Raphicerus - African antelopes: steenboks
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The area has over 350 bird species, three of which are critically endangered and there is also an abundance of other wildlife including the threatened Oribi, Grey Rhebok and Steenbok, making the site an incredibly vital biodiversity area for conservation.
I've shot a lot of game with my favorite .300, ranging from 40-pound steenbok to 1,200-pound moose and rarely do properly hit animals go farther than a step or two.
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His two volumes of Afrikaans verse, Steenbok tot poolsee ("Capricorn to Polar Sea") and Enklaves van die lig ("Enclaves of the Light") were published in 1955 and 1958, not without controversy, but generally to great critical acclaim.
Covered with Mopani and Acacia woodland opening out to open plains and scattered sandstone hills, with a great variety of wildlife from the magnificent jumbo to the diminutive steenbok. God's Country.
Once in a while however, it became apparent that, like Dorothy and Toto, we weren't in Kansas, because Kansas creek bottoms and cornfields don't contain any steenbok, duikers or warthogs.
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The animals that can be hunted include the Hippopotamus, Crocodile, Sable, Lechwe, Eland, Elephant, Kudu, Impala, Warthog, Oryx, Klipspringer, Leopard, Roan Antelope, Spotted Hyena, Blue Wildebeest, Duiker, Steenbok, Buffalo, Giraffe and the Hartmann Zebra.
According to the report on hunting concessions in The Namibian: The species to be hunted include elephant, leopard, roan, spotted hyaena, blue wildebeest, duiker, steenbok, buffalo, hippopotamus, crocodile, sable, lechwe, eland, giraffe, Hartman zebra, kudu, impala, eland, warthog, oryx, and klipspringer.
Bovid of very small size, close to that of Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris).
I've also used the .17 HMR in Africa for small predators and pygmy antelopes, and I've found it marginal for jackal (which, like coyotes, are very tough); and I've seen issues with penetration even on small, thin-skinned antelopes like steenbok. But add 1,000 fps to that little .17-caliber bullet and you have an entirely different cartridge with an altogether different set of capabilities.
While safaris revolve around obvious sexy species, don't discount "lesser" animals such as blesbok, steenbok and duikers, springbok, bushbuck, impala and reedbuck, just to name a few.