pl. o′ryx·es or o′ryx
any of a genus (Oryx) of large African and Asian antelopes with long, straight horns, including the gemsbok
Origin of oryxModern Latin ; from L, wild goat, gazelle ; from Gr, literally , pickax (; from oryssein, to dig: for Indo-European base see rupture): from its pointed horns
nounpl. oryx or o·ryx·es
Any of several African and Arabian antelopes of the genus Oryx, including the gemsbok, having black or brown markings on the face and long, straight or slightly curved horns.
Origin of oryxLatin, from Greek orux, pickax, gazelle (from its sharp horns), perhaps from orussein, to dig.
From Latin, from Ancient Greek ὄρυξ (orux).