One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An oryx with scimitar-shaped horns, now living only along the southern edge of the Sahara.
Oryx dammah, family Bovidae
- ‘Here one would find oneself part of a unique population: domain and rheem gazelle, scimitar-horned oryx, the beautiful Arabian oryx, the rare Arabian fox, the tiny desert hare.’
- ‘They also enjoyed the scimitar-horned oryx, axis deer, fallow deer, sika deer, blackbuck antelope, eland, Corsican rams and their various cousins, aoudad, impala, bison and many more species calling the Rio Bonito home.’
- ‘The scimitar-horned oryx: overhunting, desertification and continuing wars in northern Africa have all contributed to its demise.’
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