[ gemz-bok ]

noun,plural gems·boks, (especially collectively) gems·bok.
  1. a large antelope, Oryx gazella, the largest of the oryxes, found in arid regions of southern Africa, including the Kalahari Desert, having a long black tail and conspicuous black striping on the face and from the chin to the front legs and along each lower flank to the rear legs: despite being widely hunted for their nearly straight horns, which are about 33 inches (84 centimeters) long on the males and slightly longer on the females, gemsbok have a conservation status of least concern.

Origin of gemsbok

First recorded in 1770–80; from Afrikaans, from German Gemsbock “chamois buck, male chamois”; see origin at gems, buck1
  • Also gems·buck [gemz-buhk] /ˈgɛmzˌbʌk/ .

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/ (ˈɡɛmzˌbʌk) /

nounplural -bok, -boks, -buck or -bucks
  1. Southern African another word for oryx

Origin of gemsbok

C18: from Afrikaans, from German Gemsbock, from Gemse chamois + Bock buck 1

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