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 backwardb : pronghorn
2 : leather from antelope hide
Recent Examples of antelope from the Web
Pitmasters compete in one of 10 categories – from best whole hog to best ribs to best exotics (think antelope).
The Jackalope combines antelope rabbit and pork sausage, huckleberry compote, sriracha aioli and cheddar.
The calves will be displayed in the African plains exhibit alongside other antelope species.
So, shortly after Aria moved in with the two bongos — like the duiker, a type of African antelope — the tortoises living in the same area were sent packing.
The wildebeest, accompanied by some 200,000 zebra and antelope, travel clockwise through the Serengeti, tracking pockets of rainfall and grazing on about 4,500 tons of grass every day.
There are also buffalo and small antelope like puku and bushbuck.
There were giraffes, lemurs, monkeys, cheetahs, gazelles, antelope, and hyenas.
Taller players, for example, run with longer, antelope-like strides, whereas the legs of shorter players are more fidgety.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1607See Words from the same year
ANTELOPE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of antelope for English Language Learners
: an animal in Africa and Asia that looks like a deer, has horns pointing up and back, and runs very fast
ANTELOPE Defined for Kids
Definition of antelope for Students
: an animal chiefly of Africa and southwest Asia that resembles a deer and has horns that extend upward and backward
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