Definition of oribi in English:



  • A small antelope of the African savannah, having a reddish-fawn back, white underparts, and short vertical horns.

    Ourebia ourebi, family Bovidae

    • ‘Of these the two gazelles produce their young in the early rains, while oribi, of similar size to the gazelles, have a birth peak that coincides with late wet season.’
    • ‘We also saw large numbers of zebra, impala and oribi and the occasional porcupine.’
    • ‘This relationship is not evident with the five browsers and mixed feeders (Grant's gazelle, impala, oribi, dikdik, and giraffe).’
    • ‘The grazers are mainly antelope, wildebeest, hartebeest, oribi, impala, gazelle, reedbuck, roan and sable antelope.’
    • ‘It is not clear why the oribi, a small species, produces its young at the peak biomass, unless other factors override nutritional intake.’


Late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Khoikhoi.