oryx

noun \ ˈȯr-iks , ˈär- \
Updated on: 25 Nov 2017

Definition of oryx

plural oryx or oryxes
: 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 and Etymology 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


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