n. pl. blesbok or bles·boks
A South African antelope (Damaliscus pygargus subsp. phillipsi syn. D. dorcas subsp. phillipsi) having a reddish-brown coat, curved horns, and a white mark on the face.
[Afrikaans : bles, white mark on an animal's face (from Middle Dutch; see bhel-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + bok, buck (from Middle Dutch boc).]
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Damaliscus pygargus subsp. phillipsi
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