from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Dutch colonial name of a South African antelope, Hippotragus (or Ægoceros) leucopæus, given on account of its bluish appearance, caused by the dark hide showing through light hair.
  • n. A small South African antelope with very short straight horns and heavy hind quarters. Also spelled blaubok.


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  • It was a blauwbok, a superb animal of a pale-bluish color shading upon the gray, but with the belly and the inside of the legs as white as the driven snow.

    Five Weeks in a Balloon

  • Among the various kinds of antelopes which inhabit South Africa, the blauwbok, or blue buck, called by Mr. Cumming, the blue antelope, is one of the most remarkable.

    Forest & Frontiers


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  • A name given by the Dutch settlers to a large Antelope (A. leucophæa) in South Africa for the effect produced by the animal's black hide showing through its ashy-grey hair. (From blaauw blue + bok buck, he-goat.) Also blue-buck.

    August 6, 2008