an·​te·​lope | \ ˈan-tə-ˌlōp How to pronounce antelope (audio) \
plural antelope or antelopes

Definition of antelope

1a : any of various ruminant deerlike mammals (family Bovidae) chiefly of Africa and southwest Asia that have a slender lean build and usually horns directed upward and backward
b : pronghorn
2 : leather from antelope hide

Examples of antelope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Asia, the saiga antelope in Kazakhstan makes a round-trip migration of about 1,500 miles, the longest land mammal migration on the planet, according to the researchers. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2021 To encourage breeding, the team has set up four outdoor runs that each hold a pair of antelope. Dallas News, 16 June 2021 The losing dish is from Nelson and Gabriel, who made crispy-skin steelhead trout with antelope and chanterelles. Vulture, 14 May 2021 Hidden from the public, the Dallas Zoo’s newest antelope spends his days nesting under thick brush inside one of about a half-dozen indoor stalls dedicated to his rare species. Dallas News, 16 June 2021 So a team of scientists from ETH Zurich in Switzerland and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have been playing around with a small quadrupedal robot called SpaceBok, designed to mimic an antelope known as a springbok. Matt Simon, Wired, 14 June 2021 The soldiers went out this afternoon to hunt, and brought an antelope ... Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 New York Attorney General Letitia James—long an NRA foil who is on record as saying her goal is to dissolve the NRA—is now looking at the organization the way a leopard sees an antelope. Chris Dorsey, Forbes, 26 May 2021 The fossil record shows that in areas north of Paratethys, the ancestors of modern-day sheep and goats roamed side by side with primitive antelope. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, 4 June 2021

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First Known Use of antelope

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for antelope

Middle English, fabulous heraldic beast, probably from Middle French antelop savage animal with sawlike horns, from Medieval Latin anthalopus, from Late Greek antholop-, antholops

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21 Jul 2021

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“Antelope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of antelope

: an animal in Africa and Asia that looks like a deer, has horns pointing up and back, and runs very fast


an·​te·​lope | \ ˈan-tə-ˌlōp How to pronounce antelope (audio) \

Kids Definition of antelope

: an animal chiefly of Africa and southwest Asia that resembles a deer and has horns that extend upward and backward


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