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[awr-uh-bee, or‐] /ˈɔr ə bi, ˈɒr‐/
noun, plural oribis.
a small tan-colored antelope, Ourebia ourebi , of south and east Africa, with spikelike horns.
1785-95; < Afrikaans < Khoikhoi, perhaps to be identified with Nama !gore-b Unabridged
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noun (pl) -bi, -bis
a small African antelope, Ourebia ourebi, of grasslands and bush south of the Sahara, with fawn-coloured coat and, in the male, ridged spikelike horns
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C18: from Afrikaans, probably from Khoikhoi arab
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(Ourebia ourebia), swift African antelope, family Bovidae (order Artiodactyla), living on sub-Saharan grasslands in pairs or small herds. The oribi is a graceful animal with a silky coat, large ears, and a short, bushy tail. It stands about 50-66 cm (20-26 inches) at the shoulder and is yellowish to reddish brown with white underparts. There is a bare, dark spot beneath each ear and a tuft of long hair on each "knee." The male has slim, spikelike horns

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