gems·​bok | \ ˈgemz-ˌbäk How to pronounce gemsbok (audio) \

Definition of gemsbok

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

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Recent Examples on the Web To survive in the Kalahari, the gemsbok -- a large antelope -- digs for water-storing plants and roots. Michael Cross; Story By Tom Page, CNN, "Indigenous trackers are teaching scientists about wildlife," 9 July 2020 The two people inside the car told the officer and a Texas Game Warden that the heads, which were those of an elk, a buck and a gemsbok, were all legally obtained during a hunting trip to El Paso. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston duo with severed animal heads charged, and other interesting notes from Game Wardens," 17 Feb. 2020

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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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20 Jul 2020

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“Gemsbok.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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