Definition of oribi in English:


Syllabification: or·i·bi
Pronunciation: /ˈôrəbē, ˈär-

noun (plural same or oribis)

  • A small antelope of the African savanna, having a reddish-beige back, white underparts, and short vertical horns.
    • Ourebia ourebi, family Bovidae
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    • We also saw large numbers of zebra, impala and oribi and the occasional porcupine.
    • It is not clear why the oribi, a small species, produces its young at the peak biomass, unless other factors override nutritional intake.
    • Of these the two gazelles produce their young in the early rains, while oribi, of similar size to the gazelles, have a birth peak that coincides with late wet season.


late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Khoikhoi.

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