Meaning of gemsbok in English:


Pronunciation /ˈxɛmzbɒk/ /ˈxɛmsbɒk/


  • A large antelope that has a grey coat, distinctive black-and-white head markings, and long straight horns, native to south-western and East Africa.

    Oryx gazella, family Bovidae. See also and beisa

    • ‘You will also see gemsbok, springbok, eland, blue wildebeest, cheetahs, wild dogs, jackals, bat-eared foxes and leopards.’
    • ‘It has taken everything from Colorado mule deer to zebra, impala, gemsbok and waterbuck in Africa.’
    • ‘Some other interesting wildlife here includes giraffe, leopard, cheetah, jackal, blue wildebeest, gemsbok and black rhino.’
    • ‘Resident populations of springbok, gemsbok, elephant and giraffe mean that there is always some action.’
    • ‘In addition, antelope sightings, such as gemsbok and springbok, are up significantly.’


Late 18th century via Afrikaans from Dutch, literally ‘chamois’, from gems ‘chamois’ + bok ‘buck’.



/ˈxɛmzbɒk/ /ˈxɛmsbɒk/