ad·​dax ˈa-ˌdaks How to pronounce addax (audio)
plural addaxes
: a large light-colored Saharan antelope (Addax nasomaculatus) that has long spiralling horns

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Examples of addax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zoo officials say the addax was the 67th born at Zoo Miami. USA TODAY, 12 July 2019 The baby boom started July 2 with the birth of an addax. USA TODAY, 12 July 2019 Researchers spotted a mere three addaxes during a survey of their habitat in March. National Geographic, 20 May 2016 Adult addax weigh 200-300 pounds, are light colored and are identifiable by their corkscrew horns. Matt Campbell, kansascity, 28 June 2017 Muammar Qaddafi’s overthrow triggered an exodus of returnees to Niger through addax areas. Thomas Rabeil, National Geographic, 2 Mar. 2016 One desert creature is spectacularly adapted to these conditions: the addax, an ethereal-looking antelope with elongated, corkscrew horns. Thomas Rabeil, National Geographic, 2 Mar. 2016 By contrast, addax are available for trophy hunting in the United States. Matt Campbell,, 28 June 2017 Disturbed by oil trucks and activities, addaxes fled the area. Thomas Rabeil, National Geographic, 2 Mar. 2016 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Latin, borrowed from an unknown source (presumably North African)

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of addax was in 1601

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“Addax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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