an·te·lope | \ ˈan-tə-ˌlōp \
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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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 Several times in recent decades, Bishnois have put themselves between an antelope and a hunter’s bullet. Shashank Bengali,, "This nature-loving sect in India dragged one of the world's biggest movie stars to court — and won," 17 May 2018 One of the featured creatures is of the fantasy kind — a wolperdinger, Bavaria’s canine-fanged version of the Texas jackalope, a cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "German hunting, fishing museum spans history back to the stone age," 14 June 2018 While there have been efforts to protect the journey, such as highway overpasses and antelope-friendly fences, some new barriers are looming. Jim Robbins, New York Times, "Animals Are Losing Their Vagility, or Ability to Roam Freely," 19 Feb. 2018 Along with horses carrying boxed bear and wolf cubs, foxes and fishers, Adams and his men drove a herd of six bears, four deer, four wolves, four antelope, two elk and a small dog the Indian chief had given Adams. Gary Kamiya,, "The original Grizzly Adams kept his bears on a chain in SF," 7 July 2018 The honey badger, known for being an aggressive animal, got into a tussle with an antelope at Etosha National Park in Namibia. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Antelope sends honey badger flying in epic fight," 6 July 2018 Privacy - Terms While touring the ruins of Fort Churchill, Zimmern dined on son-of-a-gun stew — a mishmash of beef, elk, antelope and assorted vegetables cooked in a Dutch oven — and boiled elk tongue. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Pony Express-themed "Bizarre Foods" episode takes celebrity chef into Sacramento," 2 July 2018 Hors d’oeuvres might include Russian caviar with potato blinis, quail or escargot terrine, and entrees might feature Texas antelope and filet mignon. Katherine Rodeghier,, "Midwest eats: Spice up your meal by dining in one of these repurposed restaurants," 26 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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The first known use of antelope was in 1607

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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 \

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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