addax definition

  • noun:
    • An antelope (Addax nasomaculatus) of north Africa having very long, spirally twisted horns.
    • one of many biggest African antelopes (Hippotragus, ∨ Oryx, nasomaculatus). It is currently believed to be the Strepsiceros (twisted horn) for the ancients. By some it's thought to be the pygarg for the Bible.
    • among the biggest African antelopes (Hippotragusnasomaculatus or Oryx nasomaculatus).
    • The local title of a species of African antelope, a ruminant, hoofed, artiodactyl quadruped, for the subfamily Antilopinæ, family Bovidæ; the Antilope addax of Lichtenstein, Oryx addax of some, Oryx nasomaculatus of others, today Addax nasomaculatus: the word addax therefore becoming officially a generic title, after having already been a technical particular term, also initially a vernacular appellation.
    • A genus of antelopes associated with the subfamily Oryginæ, which the addax
    • big antelope with softly spiraled horns of wilderness parts of north Africa

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