Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small antelope (Raphicerus campestris) of southern and eastern Africa, having a brownish coat and short, pointed horns in the male and living chiefly in dry grasslands.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a common small antelope of southern and eastern Africa: Raphicerus campestris

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as steinbock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several small African antelopes of the genus Nanotragus, fond of rocky places (whence the name).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small plains antelope of southeastern Africa

Etymologies

Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch steenboc, ibex : steen, stone; + boc, buck.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The steenbok, a tiny antelope, never needs to drink water, instead absorbing moisture from food.

    John Marshall: Report from Obamapalooza: Day Four

  • The fauna in the Swartberg and Cederberg protected areas reflects their location close to the fynbos-Karoo interface with species such as grysbok Raphicerus melanotis, grey rhebuck Pelea capreolus and klipspringer Oreotragus oreotragus, steenbok Raphicerus campestris and grey duiker Sylvicapra grimmia, as well as karoo species not usually found in mountain fynbos such as springbok Antidorcas marsupialus.

    Cape Floral Protected Areas, South Africa

  • The island hosts 23 recorded species of mammals, including small herds of bontebok, springbuck, steenbok, fallow deer and eland.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The others were waterbuck (2), sable (4), warthog (2), steenbok

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The buck population consists of about 253 steenbok, 60 springbok and 50 bontebok - but only three female eland.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Other indigenous antelope include steenbok, duiker and klipspringer.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Or a flock of ostriches would career across our path, their huge strides covering the ground at an incredible pace; queer-looking hartebeest were also plentiful, and duiker, steenbok, and smaller fry abounded everywhere.

    A Rip Van Winkle Of The Kalahari Seven Tales of South-West Africa

  • On it were usually to be found hares, Namaqua partridges, korhaan, and an occasional steenbok.

    Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer

  • 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

  • Up leaped a steenbok, which ran a hundred yards or so, and stopped to look at me.

    Six Months at the Cape

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