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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).]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
n., pl. -boks, (esp. collectively) -bok.
a large African antelope, Oryx gazella, having long, straight horns.Also called oryx.
[1770–80; < Afrikaans]
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n pl <-boks or collectively -bok> (Zool) → Gemsantilope f
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