Arabian oryx

[ uh-rey-bee-uhn awr-iks ]
/ əˈreɪ bi ən ˈɔr ɪks /

noun plural A·ra·bi·an o·ryx·es, (especially collectively) A·ra·bi·an o·ryx.

a large antelope, Oryx leucoryx, the smallest of the oryxes, with a white coat, conspicuous shoulder bump, and nearly straight horns that can reach a length of 30 inches (76 centimeters) on both the males and females: the only oryx native to Arabia rather than Africa, in 2011 it became the first animal to have rebounded to a status of vulnerable after having been classified, in 1972, as extinct in the wild.

Origin of Arabian oryx

First recorded in 1900–05
Also called white o·ryx. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019