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A large antelope (Oryx gazella) of arid regions of southern Africa, having long spearlike horns and distinctive black and white markings on the head.

[Afrikaans, from Dutch, from earlier German Gemsbock (now spelled Gämsbock) : Gemse, chamois (from Middle High German gemeze, from Old High German *gamiza, probably of pre-Roman Alpine origin and akin to Late Latin camox; see chamois) + Bock, buck (from Middle High German boc, from Old High German).]


(ˈɡɛmzˌbʌk) or


n, pl -bok, -boks, -buck or -bucks
(Animals) South African another word for oryx
[C18: from Afrikaans, from German Gemsbock, from Gemse chamois + Bock buck1]



n., pl. -boks, (esp. collectively) -bok.
a large African antelope, Oryx gazella, having long, straight horns.
Also called oryx.
[1770–80; < Afrikaans]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gemsbok - large South African oryx with a broad black band along its flanksgemsbok - large South African oryx with a broad black band along its flanks
oryx, pasang - large African antelope with long straight nearly upright horns


n pl <-boks or collectively -bok> (Zool) → Gemsantilope f
References in classic literature ?
At the end of his two hours, Kennedy returned with a string of fat partridges and the haunch of an oryx, a sort of gemsbok belonging to the most agile species of antelopes.
After the two-hour safari expedition from Tsabong, where our eyes feasted on various wildlife such as, elands, springboks, ostriches, gemsboks, guinea fowls, meercats, different bird species, we finally reach our destination, the heart of the village called Khawa Village Trust.
Females and their kids tend to herd up while the gemsboks (males) seek solitude until the rut begins in October.