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
2 : leather from antelope hide

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Recent Examples on the Web Teams in the hunt try to kill antelope with no more than one shot per animal. Mead Gruver, Star Tribune, "COVID-19 cancels Wyoming hunt amid Native American criticism," 29 July 2020 As a boy, Joe Exotic raised pigeons and captured porcupines, racoons, and baby antelope at his childhood homes in Kansas and rural Wyoming. Rachel Nuwer, Longreads, "The Strange and Dangerous World of America’s Big Cat People," 10 Mar. 2020 Conservationists worked to increase populations of cheetah prey like the Indian antelope and Indian gazelle. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "After Decades-Long Battle, Cheetahs Can Be Reintroduced in India," 28 Jan. 2020 Then poachers descended, hunting to satisfy demand for the antelope’s horns in traditional Asian medicine markets. National Geographic, "Is elephant poaching really declining?," 25 June 2020 And if a species lives in woodland, like the kudu -- a kind of antelope -- it won't be spotted from a plane. Michael Cross; Story By Tom Page, CNN, "Indigenous trackers are teaching scientists about wildlife," 9 July 2020 Francis Rivera, a senior producer, went with the saola, a rare antelope relative that is sometimes called the Asian unicorn. Jeff Kerby, National Geographic, "The sting of the murder hornet:," 14 May 2020 Elk and deer are still weeks off, and pheasant, waterfowl, and antelope seasons don’t open until October. Hal Herring, Field & Stream, "How Do You Cope with the Death of a Great Dog?," 12 May 2020 Your alarm clock might be the sound of monkeys playing in the trees — or warthogs and antelope walking beneath your tent. Peter Terzian, Travel + Leisure, "In Kenya, an Epic Photographic Safari Through Some of Africa's Most Dramatic Landscapes," 18 Apr. 2020

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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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13 Aug 2020

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“Antelope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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


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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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