One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small antelope of the African savannah, having a reddish-fawn back, white underparts, and short vertical horns.
- ‘We also saw large numbers of zebra, impala and oribi and the occasional porcupine.’
- ‘The grazers are mainly antelope, wildebeest, hartebeest, oribi, impala, gazelle, reedbuck, roan and sable antelope.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It is not clear why the oribi, a small species, produces its young at the peak biomass, unless other factors override nutritional intake.’
- ‘This relationship is not evident with the five browsers and mixed feeders (Grant's gazelle, impala, oribi, dikdik, and giraffe).’
Late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Khoikhoi.
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