American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. The horns are sometimes three feet long, perfectly straight or gently curved, annulated for some distance from the base, then smooth and tapering to a sharp point. The beisa antelope, O. beisa, is one of the best-known, supposed by some to have furnished the original of the unicorn of the ancients, the long horns seen in profile appearing as one. It inhabits North Africa, where is also found O. leucoryx, the algazel. The South African representative is O. capensis or O. gazella, the well-known gemsbok of the Dutch colonists. See cut under
- 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.
- n. Any of several antelopes, of genus Oryx, native to Africa, the males and females of which have long, straight horns.
- n. large African antelope with long straight nearly upright horns
- From Latin, from Ancient Greek ὄρυξ (orux, "a pickax", "an oryx (the antelope)") (Wiktionary)
- Latin, from Greek orux, pickax, gazelle (from its sharp horns), perhaps from orussein, to dig. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The oryx is a magnificent creature, standing as tall as a horse, with the same full, flowing, dark tail that sweeps the ground.”
“Also keeping company with the oryx is the tahr - or mountain goat, distinguished by its distinctive horn and beard - found at”
“I think that’s called an oryx or something like that.”
“Would use 160 grain partitions for moose or the 150 grain oryx.”
“He collected numerous heads from his hunting days, including one of each: blackbuck, scimitar horned oryx, elk, fallow, pronghorn, boar, etc.”
“After Maynard Smith referenced a paper that Price had sent to the journal Nature in August 1968 inspired by correspondence earlier that year between Price and Hamilton, they joined forces to introduce game theory analysis to the study of animal behavior, specifically to explain why battles between members of the same species, such as Arabian oryx, are ritualized encounters rather than serious fights.”
“How many Americans can claim herds of scimitar-horned oryx as their very own?”
“We cluster around, eager to see the digital images as Khalid flicks through them: the rear end of an oryx, the hunched figure of a striped hyena, then lots of blurred shots of hyrax scuttling past.”
“Now the Omanis are once again fighting to rescue the oryx from the brink of extinction.”
“The wild oryx population had been hunted to extinction by 1972, when the conservation effort began.”
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