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beisa

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Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪzə
 
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(also beisa oryx)

Definition of beisa in English:

noun

A gemsbok of a race that is native to the Horn of Africa.
  • Oryx gazella beisa, family Bovidae
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.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Amharic.

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