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

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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