oryx definition

  • noun:
    • Any of a few African antelopes of genus Oryx, including the gemsbok, having long, right or slightly curved horns and a hump over the arms.
    • any one of a few antelopes, of genus Oryx, native to Africa, the males and females which have traditionally, straight horns.
    • An old name of some North African antelope, most likely the algazel: now positively placed on a number of species of the genus Oryx.
    • [capitalized] A genus of orygine antelopes with lengthy horns both in sexes, without suborbital or inguinal glands, and of large-size, with thick neck, large withers, and bushy end.
    • 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.
    • Hence— [capitalized] A genus of weaver-birds.
    • [capitalized] In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects regarding the family members Scarabæidæ.
    • big African antelope with lengthy right almost upright horns

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