[awr-iks, ohr-]
noun, plural oryxes (especially collectively) oryx.
a large African antelope, Oryx gazella, grayish with black markings and having long, nearly straight horns: an endangered species.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek óryx pickax, oryx

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oryx (ˈɒrɪks)
n , pl -yxes, -yx
any large African antelope of the genus Oryx, typically having long straight nearly upright horns
[C14: via Latin from Greek orux stonemason's axe, used also of the pointed horns of an antelope]

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Word Origin & History

1382, from L. oryx, from Gk. oryx (gen. orygos) "North African antelope with pointed horns, the digging animal," lit. "pick-axe." Used in Gk. and L. bibles to render Heb. tho, which early Eng. Bibles misidentified as everything from a small hibernating animal to a wild bull.
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Example sentences
Ibex and oryx will scatter at your approach, loping to higher ground as you wind among the arching papyrus reeds.
Locally extinct animals include eland, kudu, oryx and the wild dog.
The oryx the oryx is an antelope with two long, thin horns projecting from its forehead.
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