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

  • n. A South African antelope (Damaliscus albifrons) having curved horns and a large white mark on its face.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of blesbuck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A South African antelope (Alcelaphus albifrons), having a large white spot on the forehead.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large bubaline or alcela-phine antelope of South Africa, Damalis or Alcelaphus albifrons, with a white face or blaze.


Afrikaans : bles, white mark on an animal's face (from Middle Dutch; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots) + bok, buck (from Middle Dutch boc).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • It was a package deal offered in partnership with a South African outfit called Frontier Safaris -- the package allowed a duiker, a warthog, an impala, a blesbok, a gemsbok, two species of springbok, a bushbok, a wildebeest, and a kudu.

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  • The previous morning, I had taken a blesbok antelope.

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  • ‘The blesbok are changing ground,’ he said, and looked me straight in the face.

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  • The blesbok, a South African antelope, is almost the same color as grapejuice!

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  • Before we started next morning, a huge herd of blesbok suddenly appeared on the scene, wildly galloping about in every direction, being continually brought up by the barbed wire fences of the farms.

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  • If the blesbok were changing ground, I believed that the hunters were calling out their hounds and getting ready for the chase.

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  • 'The blesbok are changing ground,' he said, and looked me straight in the face.

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  • The aasvogels follow me, and I can hear the blesbok. '

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  • They followed the spoor of a company of elephants in the East country, they watched through the November mist the blesbok flying across the veld, a herd of quaggas taking cover with the rheebok, or a cloud of locusts sailing out of the sun to devastate the green lands.

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  • It was a wondrous sight that now, alas! will be seen no more -- at any rate upon the Transvaal veld; wilderbeeste, blesbok, springbok, in countless multitudes, and amongst them a few quagga and hartebeeste.

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