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addax

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n addax large antelope with lightly spiraled horns of desert regions of northern Africa
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Addax (Zoöl) One of the largest African antelopes (HippotragusnasomaculatusorOryx nasomaculatus).☞ It is now believed to be the Strepsicerostwisted horn) of the ancients. By some it is thought to be the pygarg of the Bible.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n addax 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. The addax is about 6 feet long, and about 3 feet high at the shoulder; stout in the body, like the ass; and with horns 3 or 4 feet long, slender, ringed, spirally twisted into two or three turns, and present in both sexes. The ears and tail are long, the latter terminated by a switch of hair; there are tufts of hair upon the throat, forehead, and tear-bag; the hoofs are large and semicircular, adapted for treading upon the shifting sands of the desert. The general color of the animal is whitish, with a reddish-brown head and neck, black-hoofs, and a white blaze on the face, whence the name nasomaculatus. The addax is related to the oryx, but is generically as well as specifically distinct. The identity of this animal with that mentioned by Pliny (see etymology), though known to Gesner, was overlooked by subsequent naturalists until rediscovered by the travelers Rüppell, Hemprich, and Ehrenberg, who found the animal known to the natives under a name like that ascribed to the strepsiceros by Pliny.
    • n addax A genus of antelopes of the subfamily Oryginæ, of which the addax A. nasomaculatus, is the only species.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Addax ad′aks a species of large antelope found in Africa, with long twisted horns.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Native name
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
African word.

Usage

In literature:

The addax is not gregarious, living in pairs or families.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
The wide-spread hoofs of the addax antelope enable it to travel over sand at a great pace.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
In this desert region is found the addax, the rarest of Sudan antelopes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
Unlike the addax, it is gregarious in its habits, and lives in large herds.
"The Young Yagers" by Mayne Reid
The Leucoryx and the Addax are found in North Africa, the Equine Antelopes in tropical Africa and the Cape.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
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In news:

A female addax calf born July 9 with her mom, Martha, at Brookfield Zoo.
Auto GP World Series champion Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has confirmed he will drive for GP2 teams Addax and Arden during this year's end-of-season tests in Spain.
Auto GP World Series champion Adrian Quaife- Hobbs has confirmed he will drive for GP2 teams Addax and Arden during this year's end-of-season tests in Spain.
Hardware – Industrial PCs (IPCs): The Addax-i Fanless Workstation from CCS-Inc. Is a high-performance fanless computer suitable for harsh environments.
The Addax-i Fanless Workstation from CCS-Inc.
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