noun, plural o·ryx·es, (especially collectively) o·ryx.
Origin of oryx
Examples from the Web for oryx
If it is a young man, they should start with Oryx and Crake.
Strepsiceros capensis (Agazin), and Oryx capensis (Sala), are hunted on the borders of the desert.The Highlands of Ethiopia|William Cornwallis Harris
Of course the oryx were also brought up to the camp to be skinned and cut up.The Young Yagers|Mayne Reid
Only before us we could see the stripes of trotting zebra disappearing; and catch the glint of light on the bayonets of the oryx.The Land of Footprints|Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for oryx
noun plural -yxes or -yx
Word Origin for oryx
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.