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Definition of "oryx" [o•ryx]

  • 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. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "oryx" in a sentence
  • "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."