Definition of oryx in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôriks/


Any of several species of antelopes native to arid regions of Africa and Asia, having dark markings on the face and long, pointed horns.
  • Genus Oryx, family Bovidae: several species, including the Arabian oryx (O. leucoryx) . See also gemsbok, scimitar oryx
Example sentences
  • Afterwards, I sit on my terrace and watch what may be kudus, springboks or oryxes amble to the water hole.
  • His animals were the pig, the donkey, the hippopotamus, and the desert oryx.
  • The once nearly extinct white oryx, an antelope, has been successfully reintroduced into the wild in Oman.


Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek orux 'stonemason's pickax' (because of its pointed horns).

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