One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large antelope with a mainly greyish and white coat, native to the deserts of North Africa.
Addax nasomaculatus, family Bovidae
- ‘Because of the extreme aridity of its habitat, the addax moves over considerable distances in search of food.’
- ‘At one point, some of the addaxes trotted over to us, no doubt looking for their customary handout.’
- ‘The meat and the skin of the addax are prized by local people, who use the hides for shoes and sandal soles.’
- ‘The addax is able to obtain all needed moisture from its food, and rarely - if ever - drinks water.’
- ‘You'll find the addax herd in the main pasture, generally hanging out along the scenic drive route.’
Late 17th century: from Latin, from an African word recorded by Pliny.
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