Definition of beisa in English:


Line breaks: beisa
Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪzə
(also beisa oryx)


A gemsbok of a race that is native to the Horn of Africa.
  • Oryx gazella beisa, family Bovidae
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In the drier areas several large mammal species occur such as cheetah, lion, elephant, beisa oryx, Grevy's zebra and reticulated giraffe.


mid 19th century: from Amharic.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day retroflex
Pronunciation: ˈrɛtrə(ʊ)flɛks
turned backwards