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oryx

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noun \ˈȯr-iks, ˈär-\

Definition of oryx

plural oryx or oryx·es

  1. :  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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