December 1st, 2016

words are sexy

Thursday word: steenbok

Another theme week over in my main journal: aminals (as the resident preschooler sometimes still calls them). Continuing that --


steenbok (STAIN-bok, incorrectly STEEN-bok) - n., a small grasslands antelope (Raphicerus campestris) of southern and eastern Africa.


Also sometimes called steinbok or steinbuck, first used in English around 1770 or so. In Dutch and German, the name refers to the ibex (mountain goat, the name meaning "stone buck"), but for some reason the Afrikaner settlers applied the name to this small, short-haired, tawny, grasslands critter. It's a danged cute one, too. Ears!

We saw three steenboks, five springboks, and an eland, plus a lazy leopard in a tree.

---L.