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 (wô′tər-bŭk′, wŏt′ər-)
n. pl. waterbuck or wa·ter·bucks
A large African antelope (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) that inhabits grasslands near water, having a shaggy coat and curved, ridged horns in the male.

[Translation of Afrikaans waterbok.]
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(Animals) any of various antelopes of the genus Kobus, esp K. ellipsiprymnus, of swampy areas of Africa, having long curved ridged horns
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(ˈwɔ tərˌbʌk, ˈwɒt ər-)

any large swamp-dwelling African antelope of the genus Kobus, esp. K. ellipsiprymnus.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.waterbuck - any of several large African antelopes of the genus Kobus having curved ridged horns and frequenting e.g. swamps and riverswaterbuck - any of several large African antelopes of the genus Kobus having curved ridged horns and frequenting e.g. swamps and rivers
antelope - graceful Old World ruminant with long legs and horns directed upward and backward; includes gazelles; springboks; impalas; addax; gerenuks; blackbucks; dik-diks
genus Kobus, Kobus - African antelopes: waterbucks
kob, Kobus kob - an orange-brown antelope of southeast Africa
Kobus leche, lechwe - tawny-colored African antelope inhabiting wet grassy plains; a threatened species
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In the semi-finals Paul Machanga beat NSA 2-0, as AVFAL beat Soccer Centre by a similar margin in the tournament sponsored by Hotel Waterbuck.
Waithaka spoke a few days after 14 buffaloes and a waterbuck died of anthrax at the park.
there was sunbathing green that I until I was feet away Murray In the past I've seen a waterbuck in the middle of the fairway in South Africa, a massive scary thing that refused to move, and another time there was a crocodile sunbathing next to the green that I didn't spot until I was about 10 feet away!
According to du Toit, a waterbuck was seen fleeing, from the wild dogs, into a water hole.
There were antelopes such as eland, gazelle, waterbuck, and impala, along with giraffe and zebra populating the area.
Common ungulates include plains zebra (Equus burchelli), impala (Aepyceros melampus), dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii), Grant's gazelle (Gazella granti), African elephant (Loxodonta africana), hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus), oryx (Oryx beisa), eland (Taurotragus oryx), giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), buffalo (Syncerus caffer), gerenuk (Litocranius walleri), black rhino (Diceros bicornis), white rhino (Ceratotherium simum), Grevys zebra (Equus grevyi), and waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) [33].
The protected areas support a rich diversity of ungulates and potential prey including blue wildebeest Connochaetes taurinus, common warthog Phacochoerus africanus, greater kudu Tragelaphus strepsiceros, impala Aepyceros melampus, nyala Tragelaphus angasii, plains zebra Equus quagga and waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus.
Roy Dawson with a fine old waterbuck bull taken with PH Wayne Van Den Bergh.
Even the waterbuck and impala seem to have disappeared.
This season the river is at its lowest level for 25 years and much of the greenery has disappeared, leaving waterbuck to gnaw at the skeletons of acacia trees while overheating hippos are forced to graze in the hazy midday sun.
Likely candidates for the top of the list include waterbuck, nyala, sable, and western roan.