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.
- Also gems·buck [gemz-buhk] /ˈgɛmzˌbʌk/ .
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How to use gemsbok in a sentence
The gemsbok is of about the same size as the kudu, and is gray in color above and white below.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History | Theodore Wood
Another very fine antelope is the gemsbok, which is found in the more desert regions of Southwestern Africa.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History | Theodore Wood
The antelope was dead, but the lion still alive; though the horns of the gemsbok had passed through his body.The Mission; or Scenes in Africa | Captain Frederick Marryat
Swinton was anxious to possess one or two more specimens of the oryx, or gemsbok.The Mission; or Scenes in Africa | Captain Frederick Marryat
The Oryx, or gemsbok, is a middle-sized species, dwelling in the same neighbourhood with the gnus.Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found | Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for gemsbok
Southern African another word for oryx
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