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

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As carnivores, the Caracal usually preys on birds, rodents, and small antelopes, according to the Smithsonian. Joelle Goldstein,, "Mother and Daughter Attacked by Exotic Cat After Animal Escapes from an Illinois Home," 24 June 2019 At the time, there were fewer than 44 sable antelope and perhaps a thousand buffalo on one million acres. Paul Steyn, National Geographic, "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off," 2 May 2019 Big game animals, as defined by state law, include wild turkey, deer, elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, bison, javelina, bear and mountain lion. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "10 Arizona laws that actually exist: Private armies, food-wasting ban, windshield repairs," 27 June 2018 The headman was a strikingly handsome, muscular man, wearing a beaded antelope hide tied over one shoulder, a pair of denim shorts and tire-tread sandals. WSJ, "Hunting in Tanzania the Way Our Earliest Ancestors Did," 9 Oct. 2018 In 2012, Tester had a resident conservation and fishing, antelope and hunting access enhancement license. Alex Pappas | Fox News, Fox News, "Dem Sen. Tester campaigns on hunting, hasn't had license in 6 years," 19 Sep. 2018 Nearby a young male moose lounged in a riverbank glade and a Pronghorn antelope sprinted across fallow farmland once plied by early and unsuccessful Mormon farmers. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Way To Spend 72 Hours at Jackson Hole," 31 July 2018 The estate is a refuge for more than 450 elephants and 4,000 buffalo, as well as zebras, cheetahs, leopards, lions, gazelles, and antelope. Allyn Stewart, Town & Country, "How Kuki Gallmann Became One of Kenya's Great Protectors," 24 Apr. 2017 Other exhibits, equipped with screens — rather like video games — challenge players to stop a fictive epidemic threatening Quebec, or to catch an antelope (like the cave people did) to feed their families. New York Times, "Francine Prose on Montreal in the Spring: The Time of the Butterflies," 11 June 2018

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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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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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