- a large African antelope, Oryx gazella, grayish with black markings and having long, nearly straight horns: an endangered species.
Origin of oryx
Examples from the Web for oryx
If it is a young man, they should start with Oryx and Crake.How I Write: Margaret Atwood
October 10, 2013
Aristotle mentions as such the oryx or antelope of northern Africa.Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery
Robert Means Lawrence
The oryx when hunted does not, like many other antelopes, make for either water or cover.
The fourth species of oryx is the “algazel,” (Oryx algazella).
An interesting point occurred in the conversation about the oryx.
Of course the oryx were also brought up to the camp to be skinned and cut up.
- any large African antelope of the genus Oryx, typically having long straight nearly upright horns
Word Origin and History for oryx
late 14c., from Latin oryx, from Greek oryx (genitive orygos) "North African antelope with pointed horns, the digging animal," literally "pick-axe." Used in Greek and Latin bibles to render Hebrew tho, which early English Bibles misidentified as everything from a small hibernating animal to a wild bull.