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)