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  1. a large, pale-colored antelope, Addax nasomaculatus, of North Africa, with loosely spiraled horns.
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Origin of addax

From Latin, dating back to 1685–95, presumably < some language of ancient North Africa
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Historical Examples of addax

  • That the strepsiceros of Pliny, or the addax of the Africans, is the antelope.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10)

    Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

  • Unlike the addax, it is gregarious in its habits, and lives in large herds.

  • Addax, ad′aks, n. a species of large antelope found in Africa, with long twisted horns.

  • In this desert region is found the addax, the rarest of Sudan antelopes.

  • The ordinary height of the Addax is three feet seven or eight inches, and the horns are almost exactly alike in the two sexes.

    Bible Animals;

    J. G. Wood

British Dictionary definitions for addax


  1. a large light-coloured antelope, Addax nasomaculatus, having ribbed loosely spiralled horns and inhabiting desert regions in N Africa: family Bovidae, order Artiodactyla
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Word Origin for addax

C17: Latin, from an unidentified ancient N African language
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