Definition of gemsbok in English:



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

    Oryx gazella, family Bovidae. See also oryx

    ‘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.’



/ˈɡemzbäk/ /ˈɡɛmzbɑk/


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