scimitar oryx

or scim·i·tar-horned o·ryx

[ sim-i-ter awr-iks or sim-i-ter-hawrnd awr-iks ]
/ ˈsɪm ɪ tər ˈɔr ɪks or ˈsɪm ɪ tərˌhɔrnd ˈɔr ɪks /

noun plural scim·i·tar o·ryx·es, (especially collectively) scim·i·tar o·ryx.

a large antelope, Oryx dammah, once widespread across North Africa, noted especially for its thin, backward-curving, symmetrical horns, which can reach a length of nearly 4 feet (1.2 meters) on both the males and females: hunted nearly to extinction for its horns, it is now believed to exist only in special reserves and was thus classified as extinct in the wild in 2000.

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Also called Sa·har·a o·ryx [suh-har-uh-awr-iks, suh-hair-uh, suh-hahr-uh] /səˈhær ə ˈɔr ɪks, səˈhɛər ə, səˈhɑr ə/ .

Origin of scimitar oryx

First recorded in 1900–05. The variant scimitar-horned oryx was first recorded in 1845–50
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