from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several African antelopes of the genus Oryx, including the gemsbok, having long, straight or slightly curved horns and a hump above the shoulders.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several antelopes, of genus Oryx, native to Africa, the males and females of which have long, straight horns.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old name of some North African antelope, very likely the algazel: now definitely applied to several species of the genus Oryx.
  • n. [capitalized] A genus of orygine antelopes with long horns in both sexes, without suborbital or inguinal glands, and of large size, with thick neck, high withers, and bushy tail.
  • n. In ornithology: The red and black cardinal of the Cape of Good Hope, a kind of weaverbird, Emberiza orix of Linnæus, now Ploceus (Pyromelana) oryx.
  • n. Hence— [capitalized] A genus of weaver-birds.
  • n. [capitalized] In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects of the family Scarabæidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large African antelope with long straight nearly upright horns


Latin, from Greek orux, pickax, gazelle (from its sharp horns), perhaps from orussein, to dig.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin, from Ancient Greek ὄρυξ (orux, "a pickax", "an oryx (the antelope)") (Wiktionary)


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  • my favourite type is the scimitar-horned oryx

    October 8, 2008