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 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 Road maintenance workers who kept their posts reported seeing pandas, leopards, birds and antelopes along the typically high-traffic corridor. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020 Locally, bushmeat refers to wild animals hunted or caught in forests, and can range from large bush rats to antelopes. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz Africa, "Despite coronavirus fears, Nigeria has taken no action to stop its pangolin trade," 23 Mar. 2020 Danie Slabbert walks along a low voltage wire that keeps 500 cattle grazing in a dense herd to replicate bison or antelope herds. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Put down that veggie burger. These farmers say their cows can solve the climate crisis," 6 Mar. 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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1 Aug 2020

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“Antelope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 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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