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[awr-uh-bee, or‐] /ˈɔr ə bi, ˈɒr‐/
noun, plural oribis.
a small tan-colored antelope, Ourebia ourebi , of south and east Africa, with spikelike horns.
Origin of oribi
1785-95; < Afrikaans < Khoikhoi, perhaps to be identified with Nama !gore-b Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For instance, there's the oribi and the dik-dik, to say nothing of the steinbuck and the klipspringer.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
  • Then the oribi were visible everywhere, usually in groups of four or six.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
  • oribi: About 120, in the divisions of Albany and Alexandria.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • From where I stood looking at them hartebeest, kob, waterbuck, and oribi were also all in sight.

  • Pale′-ale, a light-coloured pleasant bitter ale; Pale′buck, an antelope, the oribi.

  • There was lots of game for our table, from the most delicious grouse to the oribi, whose meat is the tenderest I have ever eaten.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for oribi


noun (pl) -bi, -bis
a small African antelope, Ourebia ourebi, of grasslands and bush south of the Sahara, with fawn-coloured coat and, in the male, ridged spikelike horns
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans, probably from Khoikhoi arab
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