from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An African antelope, Æpyceros melampus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) A large South African antelope (
Æpyceros melampus). The male has long lyrate and annulated horns. The general color is bay, with a black crescent on the croup. Called also roodebok.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A large
South African antelope(Aepyceros melampus). The malehas long lyrateand annulated horns.
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I bagged a couple of antelopes, a kudu (A. strepsiceros) with fine twisting horns, and a pallah-buck (A. melampus), a reddish-brown animal, standing about three and a half feet, with broad posteriors.
They are perfectly harmless, and live on small animals, chiefly the rodentia; occasionally the steinbuck and pallah fall victims, and are sucked into its comparatively small mouth in boa-constrictor fashion.
We shot an old pallah on the 16th, and found that the poor animal had been visited with more than the usual share of animal afflictions.
Not so, however, the zebra, pallah, buffalo, and rhinoceros; their spoor gives assurance that water is not far off, as they never stray any distance from its neighbourhood.
Of the latter sort is the large python, metse pallah, or tari.
A little before camping we saw a herd of nimba, or pallah; I had the good fortune to shoot one, which was a welcome addition to our fast diminishing store of dried meats, prepared in our camp on the
It was their practice to avoid interfering with buffalo or other dangerous game so far as possible, but pallah, hartebeeste, koodoo, waterbuck and other antelopes were slain in the manner described, sometimes in great numbers.
Here I got a pallah antelope, and a very strange flower called “katende,” which was a whorl of seventy-two flowers sprung from a flat, round root; but it cannot be described.
In the pallah the white rump-mark is bordered with black, and the peculiar shape of the horns distinguishes it when seen from the front.
As the sun went down two graceful springboks and a herd of pallah came and drank, when I shot the best pallah in the troop.