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Kéwel, Tragelaphus scriptus
2012-10-12 12:36:15

The kéwel (Tragelaphus scriptus), previously known as the bushbuck, is a species of antelope that can be found in central and western areas of Africa. Its range extends from southern Mauritania and Senegal, through the Sahel to Ethiopia and Eritrea in the east, to Angola and the southern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the south. It prefers a habitat within wooded and forested savannahs in most areas, but chooses rainforests and semi-arid areas in other parts of its range....

Southern Reedbuck, Redunca arundinum
2012-10-12 11:24:59

The southern reedbuck (Redunca arundinum), also known as the common reedbuck or the rietbok, is a species of antelope that can be found in southern Africa. Its range extends from Tanzania and Gabon to South Africa, including Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia, among other areas. It prefers a habitat within grasslands, woodlands, pastures, and valleys. This species uses reeds and other tall vegetation located near water to remain hidden from predators....

Mongolian Gazelle, Procapra gutturosa
2012-10-08 09:16:21

The Mongolian gazelle (Procapra gutturosa), also known as the zeren, is native to Central Asia. Its range also includes some areas of China and Siberia. It prefers a habitat within the arid step lands of its range, which is one of the worlds’ only remaining great wilds. Herds gather in groups between twenty and thirty individuals in the summer, but in the winter, the herds rise to one hundred individuals, although herds of up to five thousand do occur. One herd was spotted in 2007 that...

Tibetan Antelope, Pantholops hodgsonii
2012-10-04 16:07:51

The Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii), also known as the chiru, is native to the Tibetan Plateau. Its range is nearly completely restricted to China, including Xinjiang, Tibet, and Qinghai, with a few populations occurring in Ladakh, India. This species prefers a habitat on flatlands with open areas and little vegetation. The Tibetan antelope is the sole member of its genus and holds no subspecies. Its genus name, Pantholops, means “all antelope” in Latin. There is one extinct...

East African Oryx, Oryx beisa
2012-10-01 08:53:07

The East African oryx (Oryx beisa), or the beisa, is an antelope that can be found in east Africa, as its name suggests. This species prefers steppes and semi desert areas. This oryx holds two subspecies, which occur in different areas of its range. The fringe-eared oryx occurs in areas of Tanzania and southern Kenya, south of the Tana River, while the common beisa oryx in the Horn of Africa and north of the Tana River. It was previously thought that the East African Oryx was a subspecies of...

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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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