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[gemz-bok] /ˈgɛmzˌbɒk/
noun, plural gemsboks (especially collectively) gemsbok.
a large antelope, Oryx gazella, of southern and eastern Africa, having long, straight horns and a long, tufted tail.
Also, gemsbuck.
Also called oryx.
Origin of gemsbok
1770-80; < Afrikaans < German Gemsbock male chamois. See gems, buck1 Unabridged
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  • The Oryx, or gemsbok, is a middle-sized species, dwelling in the same neighbourhood with the gnus.

  • That, with what remained of the gemsbok, would secure them against falling short of provision, should game prove scarce.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • Another very fine antelope is the gemsbok, which is found in the more desert regions of Southwestern Africa.

  • But naturalists now apply the name “oryx” to the gemsbok or Cape oryx, (Oryx Capensis).

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • The gemsbok is of about the same size as the kudu, and is gray in color above and white below.

  • When they arrived at the site, crewmen from the gemsbok saw fit to take Voorhis in charge and carry him into their hut.

    A Transmutation of Muddles Horace Brown Fyfe
  • Even in this very hour of high art, our painters do not give the most correct delineation of the head of a gemsbok.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • 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 gemsbok, with his lengthy taper horns, has long been confined to the remote parts of the Kalahari.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • He clutched the arm of the gemsbok operator, who was being urged away by Igrillik and a group of warrior escorts.

    A Transmutation of Muddles Horace Brown Fyfe
British Dictionary definitions for gemsbok


noun (pl) -bok, -boks, -buck, -bucks
(South African) another word for oryx
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans, from German Gemsbock, from Gemse chamois + Bockbuck1
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