oryxes

oryx

[awr-iks, ohr-]
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.

Origin:
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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oryx
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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