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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx)—Rod Moon—The National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers

Any of three species (genus Oryx) of large stocky antelopes living in herds on African and Arabian deserts and plains. Oryxes are 40–47 in. (102–120 cm) high. They have a mane and a tufted tail. The coat is grayish brown, whitish, or white, depending on the species, with dark patches on the face and forehead, a dark streak on either side of the eye, and various dark markings on the body and legs. Both sexes have long, sharp-tipped, straight or curved horns.


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