\ ˈȯr-iks How to pronounce oryx (audio) , ˈär- \
plural oryx or oryxes

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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Examples of oryx in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, over 1,000 Arabian oryx roam the Middle East. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 Przewalski’s horse and the Arabian oryx are among successful examples. MarÍa Verza, ajc, 2 Jan. 2022 Przewalski’s horse and the Arabian oryx are among successful examples. Maria Verza, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Jan. 2022 Besides sandy beaches and an expanding selection of gourmet restaurants, premium spas and five-star hotels, Qatar has a plethora of fauna and flora including whale sharks and the majestic national animal — the Arabian oryx. Lea Lane, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 Al Maha, a Luxury Collection property in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the 42 suites look out over red dunes and the occasional passing oryx. Hannah Walhout, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 Eventually, Pukazhenthi aims to come up with a standard oryx insemination procedure with the highest chance of pregnancy success. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Aug. 2021 Book a tour in a vintage Land Rover or modern Range Rover and head out into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve looking for Arabian oryx and gazelles. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 6 Aug. 2021 An airline’s livery is the core of its brand identity, with colors and icons that define a carrier’s image for years, or even decades – such as Qantas’s kangaroo, Lufthansa’s crane, or the oryx that graces the tails of Qatar Airways’ jets. Eric Rosen, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of oryx

1535, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Oryx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oryx. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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