gemsbok

noun
gems·bok | \ ˈgemz-ˌbäk \

Definition of gemsbok 

: a large and strikingly marked oryx (Oryx gazella) formerly abundant in southern Africa

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First Known Use of gemsbok

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gemsbok

Afrikaans, from German Gemsbock male chamois, from Gems chamois + Bock male goat

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