[awr-iks, ohr-] /ˈɔr ɪks, ˈoʊr-/

noun, plural oryxes (especially collectively) oryx.
a large African antelope, Oryx gazella, grayish with black markings and having long, nearly straight horns: an endangered species.
noun (pl) -yxes, -yx
any large African antelope of the genus Oryx, typically having long straight nearly upright horns

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.


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