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oryx

[awr-iks, ohr-] /ˈɔr ɪks, ˈoʊr-/
noun, plural oryxes (especially collectively) oryx.
1.
a large African antelope, Oryx gazella, grayish with black markings and having long, nearly straight horns: an endangered species.
2.
Origin of oryx
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek óryx pickax, oryx
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  • The oryx, or Gemsbok, is a middle-sized species, dwelling in the same neighbourhood with the gnus.

  • An interesting point occurred in the conversation about the oryx.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • Harris has given much better arguments in favour of the unicorn being merely a species of oryx.

    Mythical Monsters Charles Gould
  • The fourth species of oryx is the “algazel,” (oryx algazella).

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  • The herd I watched was not assailed; it cantered off; oryx and waterbuck came down to drink and also cantered off.

  • Egyptian sculpture is at best but a rude affair, and the peculiar curve and set of the oryx horns are difficult to depict.

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  • The oryx when hunted does not, like many other antelopes, make for either water or cover.

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  • The “abu-harb” (oryx leucoryx) is also a large powerful antelope, with long sharp horns slightly curved backward.

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  • Aristotle mentions as such the oryx or antelope of northern Africa.

British Dictionary definitions for oryx

oryx

/ˈɒrɪks/
noun (pl) -yxes, -yx
1.
any large African antelope of the genus Oryx, typically having long straight nearly upright horns
Word Origin
C14: via Latin from Greek orux stonemason's axe, used also of the pointed horns of an antelope
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Word Origin and History for oryx
n.

late 14c., from Latin oryx, from Greek oryx (genitive orygos) "North African antelope with pointed horns, the digging animal," literally "pick-axe." Used in Greek and Latin bibles to render Hebrew tho, which early English Bibles misidentified as everything from a small hibernating animal to a wild bull.

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