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The pygarg (Hebrew: דישון dishon‎) is an animal mentioned in the Bible in Deuteronomy 14:5, as one of the animals permitted for food. The Septuagint translates dishon as pygargos (meaning "white-rumped") and the King James Version takes from there its term "pygarg."

Henry Baker Tristram (1867) proposed it to be the antelope Addax. It is described as "a large animal, over 3½ feet high at the shoulder, and, with its gently-twisted horns, 2½ feet long. Its colour is pure white, with the exception of a short black mane, and a tinge of tawny on the shoulders and back.".[1]


  1. ^ Henry Baker Tristram, The Natural History of the Bible (1867).