from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A water-antelope, especially a kob, as Kobus ellipsiprymnus, which abounds in some African lowlands, as in Nyassa-land. Another water-buck is Cervicapra redunca. See kob, and cuts under singsing and nagor.


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  • But two of our young men, having gone off at sunrise, shot a fine water-buck, and down came the provision market to the lower figure; they even became eager to sell, but our men were angry with them for trying compulsion, and would not buy.

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  • And now this life that she had built again was coming to a term because he had not used iodine two weeks ago when a thorn had scratched his knee as they moved forward trying to photograph a herd of water-buck standing, their heads up, peering while their nostrils searched the air, their ears spread wide to hear the first noise that would send them rushing into the bush.

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  • Would I want thee smelling of the jungle again, as thou didst after chasing the water-buck through the bamboos?

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  • They and the tiny dikdik furnished our table; and an occasional water-buck satisfied the men.

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  • The water-buck came here in herds from the elephant country away south, beyond the hour-glass-like constriction which divided the great forest, and the tiny dik-dik, smallest of all antelopes, came also to take its sip.

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  • Stanley was very full of his trip, for Carew had readily given him the two or three days 'leave; and in the direction whither they journeyed were roan and sable and water-buck and probably lions to rejoice the heart of a game young British South

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  • I think I have said that we had put a roast quarter of water-buck into the canoe.

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  • As we did not know if we should return to this village, we put all our gear into the canoe, and also a quarter of cooked water-buck, which when young is delicious eating, and off we set, natives having already gone before us in light canoes to warn the inhabitants of the other villages of our approach.

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  • We got a water-buck and a large buffalo, and remained during the forenoon to cut up the meat, and started at 2

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  • A water-buck had been killed and eaten at one spot, the ground showing marks of a severe struggle, but no game was to be seen.

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