Definition of beisa in English:


(also beisa oryx)


  • A gemsbok of a race that is native to the Horn of Africa.

    Oryx gazella beisa, family Bovidae

    • ‘In the drier areas several large mammal species occur such as cheetah, lion, elephant, beisa oryx, Grevy's zebra and reticulated giraffe.’
    • ‘Regular sightings include elephant, white rhino, eland, beisa oryx, gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, Grant's Gazelle, greater and lesser kudu, and their predators - lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.’
    • ‘The gemsbok's range may have an annual rainfall of between 50 mm to 250 mm while in East Africa the fringe-eared and beisa oryxes live in bush land savannahs that have up to 300 mm rain a year.’
    • ‘For example, they sometimes graze and travel with wildebeest, beisa oryx (Oryx gazella beisa), eland, and plains zebras when their ranges overlap.’
    • ‘This is the best time of day to catch sight of the more elusive animals including Somali ostrich, Grevy's zebra and the shy beisa oryx.’
    • ‘An adult lioness on central Kenya known as Larsen confounded the law of the jungle by adopting a baby beisa oryx, a kind of small antelope normally preyed upon by big cats.’


Mid 19th century: from Amharic.