Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[awr-iks, ohr-] /ˈɔr ɪks, ˈoʊr-/
noun, plural oryxes (especially collectively) oryx.
a large African antelope, Oryx gazella, grayish with black markings and having long, nearly straight horns: an endangered species.
Origin of oryx
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek óryx pickax, oryx Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for oryx
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The oryx, or Gemsbok, is a middle-sized species, dwelling in the same neighbourhood with the gnus.

  • An interesting point occurred in the conversation about the oryx.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • Harris has given much better arguments in favour of the unicorn being merely a species of oryx.

    Mythical Monsters Charles Gould
  • The fourth species of oryx is the “algazel,” (oryx algazella).

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • The herd I watched was not assailed; it cantered off; oryx and waterbuck came down to drink and also cantered off.

  • Egyptian sculpture is at best but a rude affair, and the peculiar curve and set of the oryx horns are difficult to depict.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • The oryx when hunted does not, like many other antelopes, make for either water or cover.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • The “abu-harb” (oryx leucoryx) is also a large powerful antelope, with long sharp horns slightly curved backward.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • Aristotle mentions as such the oryx or antelope of northern Africa.

British Dictionary definitions for oryx


noun (pl) -yxes, -yx
any large African antelope of the genus Oryx, typically having long straight nearly upright horns
Word Origin
C14: via Latin from Greek orux stonemason's axe, used also of the pointed horns of an antelope
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for oryx

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for oryx

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for oryx