1790W. PatersonNarr. of Four Journeys 53This day we shot at several of a species of Antelope, with long sharp strait horns, called Gems Bock.
1824W.J. BurchellTrav.II. 23A herd of antelopes of the species known among the boors by the misapplied name of Gemsbok was observed at a distance.
1824W.J. BurchellTrav.II. 99Here our dogs caught..a young gemsbok (ghemsbok): the latter was not bigger than a domestic goat.
1827G. ThompsonTrav. 254I observed several gemsboks. This is a beautiful and noble-looking antelope. His long, straight, sharp horns incline a little backward, and..the animal can use them with formidable effect in self-defence.
1838J.E. AlexanderExped. into Int.I. 278A troop of gemsboks appeared, the antagonists of lions, with their long straight horns, like that of the fabled unicorn.
1887A.A. Anderson25 Yrs in WaggonI. 234Gemsbok..are pretty animals, rather larger than a zebra, nearly the colour of a donkey, with black marks down the back and along the flanks, whitish legs marked with black band, light face with black down the front.
1896R. WallaceFarming Indust. of Cape Col. 244The gemsbok antelope, Oryx gazella, belongs almost exclusively to the deserts of South West Africa.
1914W.C. ScullyLodges in Wilderness 230Take..the term ‘gemsbok’, as applied to the oryx; what could be more inappropriate? ‘Gemsbok’ means ‘Chamois’ — and we have in South Africa an antelope which is a chamois to all intents and purposes, but which is called a ‘klipspringer.’
1936C. BirkbyThirstland Treks 268Through the long months of drought the gemsbok had followed their noses north, seeking tsamma melons and springs that had not dried to mud.
1977K.F.R. Budack inA. TraillKhoisan Ling. Studies 3 19The Topnaar, apart from an ‘assegai’, also used a gemsbok horn for the spearing of fish.
1988A. Hall-Martin et al.Kaokoveld 38Gemsbok behaviour and physiology is well adapted to survival in harsh desert areas.
1991Personality 5 Aug. 27Half-starved gemsbok, their skin hanging over their ribs, because they’ve been unable to adapt to feeding in captivity.
1970P.V. Tobias inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.II. 618Prominent among the water-rich plants are the tsamma melon.., and the gemsbok cucumber.
1991D.M.C. Fourie inPhilatelic BulletinGemsbok cucumber..grows in deep sandy soil and can be eaten raw, but is usually roasted in hot ashes for several hours...The fruits are relished by many animals and in areas where gemsbok occur, they form an important part of that antelope’s diet.
1992Getaway Apr. 41Other important water-carrying plants are the gemsbok cucumber (Acanthosicyos naudinianus), [etc.].
1970B. Maguire inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.II. 610The yellowish oval melons of Citrullus naudianus (the so-called wild cucumber or gemsbok-komkommer),..are covered with short, conical protuberances.
1986Motorist 1st Quarter 36The gemsbok komkommer..[is a] main source of water for all the animals of the area as, even when it rains, the few millimetres of standing water in the pans usually evaporates within a week.
1973J. CopeAlley Cat 57It had rained weeks before and there were patches of red-dark gemsbokgrass in full seed like blood blots against the ash-grey dust.
1989J. du P. BothmaGame Ranch Management 602Plant species of the late successional stages...Eragrostis pallens (gemsbok grass).
1988A. Hall-Martin et al.Kaokoveld 7The ephemeral grasses of the plains..dominate a sparse wispy grassland...A few perennials like the gemsbok tail grass (Stipagrostis hochstetterana)..also occur.
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