Definition of addax in English:



  • A large antelope with a mainly greyish and white coat, native to the deserts of North Africa.

    Addax nasomaculatus, family Bovidae

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Late 17th century: from Latin, from an African word recorded by Pliny.