from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A grayish-white antelope (Addax nasomaculatus) of northern Africa having long, spirally twisted horns.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The native name of a species of African antelope, a ruminant, hoofed, artiodactyl quadruped, of the subfamily Antilopinæ, family Bovidæ; the Antilope addax of Lichtenstein, Oryx addax of some, Oryx nasomaculatus of others, now Addax nasomaculatus: the word addax thus becoming technically a generic name, after having been a technical specific term, as well as originally a vernacular appellation.
  • noun A genus of antelopes of the subfamily Oryginæ, of which the addax

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the largest African antelopes (Hippotragusnasomaculatus or Oryx nasomaculatus).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun zoology One of the largest African antelopes (Hippotragus, ∨ Oryx, nasomaculatus). It is now believed to be the Strepsiceros (twisted horn) of the ancients. By some it is thought to be the pygarg of the Bible.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large antelope with lightly spiraled horns of desert regions of northern Africa


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin, of African origin.]


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  • Genus of antelope

    December 11, 2008

  • The addax, it must be noted, is not gregarious.

    November 16, 2009

  • "A jackal stalks an addax. A Manx cat nabs a pack rat."

    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 27

    May 20, 2010