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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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  • After fencing the monument lands, gemsbok were removed through relocation to restore natural conditions in the monument.
  • Several gemsbok crashed into a fence during the barn fire, and one of them was killed.
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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