noun \ˈr-iks, ˈär-\
plural oryx or oryx·es

Definition of ORYX

:  any of a small genus (Oryx) of large heavily built African and Arabian antelopes that have a light-colored coat with dark conspicuous markings especially on the face — compare gemsbok

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Origin of ORYX

New Latin, from Latin, a gazelle, from Greek, pickax, antelope, kind of whale, from oryssein to dig; akin to Latin runcare to grub up, weed, Sanskrit luñcati he plucks
First Known Use: 1535


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