• synonyms


[awr-uh-bee, or‐]
noun, plural or·i·bis.
  1. a small tan-colored antelope, Ourebia ourebi, of south and east Africa, with spikelike horns.
Show More

Origin of oribi

1785–95; < Afrikaans < Khoikhoi, perhaps to be identified with Nama !gore-b
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for oribi

Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for oribi


noun plural -bi or -bis
  1. 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
Show More

Word Origin

C18: from Afrikaans, probably from Khoikhoi arab
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