Meaning of addax in English:


Pronunciation /ˈadaks/


  • A large antelope with a mainly greyish and white coat, native to the deserts of North Africa.

    Addax nasomaculatus, family Bovidae

    ‘At one point, some of the addaxes trotted over to us, no doubt looking for their customary handout.’
    • ‘You'll find the addax herd in the main pasture, generally hanging out along the scenic drive route.’
    • ‘The addax is able to obtain all needed moisture from its food, and rarely - if ever - drinks water.’
    • ‘The meat and the skin of the addax are prized by local people, who use the hides for shoes and sandal soles.’
    • ‘Because of the extreme aridity of its habitat, the addax moves over considerable distances in search of food.’


Early 17th century (as addace): from Latin, from an African word recorded by Pliny.