Definition of oryx in English:

oryx

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒrɪks
 
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noun

A large antelope living in arid regions of Africa and Arabia, having dark markings on the face and long horns.
  • Genus Oryx, family Bovidae: three species, including the Arabian oryx (O. leucoryx). See also beisa, scimitar oryx
More 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.

Origin

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

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