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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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buck a term which has some potential for causing confusion. In Britain it is used to refer to the male of the fallow deer and the roe deer (as distinct from the male of the red deer, which is called stag). However, the term is also much used, both in its English form and in its Dutch spelling bok, as a suffix to the name of various deer and antelopes: for example roebuck and springbok. When so used, the name applies equally to the male and the female of the species. Terms such as ‘wild buck’, or ‘buck’ by itself, used in southern Africa, are to be interpreted in this last sense.