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

Examples of antelope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here the Nile plummets 130 feet (40 meters) through a gap just 20 feet (6 meters) wide and the surrounding wilderness is home to hippos, egrets, giraffes and antelope. Rodney Muhumuza, ajc, 16 Sep. 2022 The border is the main challenge for hopes to repopulate the American Southwest with jaguars, with walls impeding movement by those animals as well as the American antelope, the black bear and the Mexican wolf, Bravo said. CBS News, 9 Aug. 2022 The tiny blue duiker, a species of African antelope, was born to mom Flower, who has birthed three calves, and first-time dad Kuruka. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 9 Aug. 2022 An outbreak of the same virus killed more than 80 percent of the global population of Mongolian saiga antelope in 2018. Ben Ayers, Outside Online, 27 July 2022 One recent morning, in and among the vintage Chesterfield sofas, brass gramophones and antique chandeliers, the body of a dead waterbuck antelope was found. Melissa Twigg, CNN, 20 May 2022 Her father was a biologist, a leading expert on the pronghorn antelope. James Sullivan,, 13 May 2022 And the author shows how GPS tracking of animals helps them to literally vote with their feet—as in Wyoming, where an antelope-friendly bridge across U.S. highway 191 has reduced both pronghorn and human fatalities. Richard Lea, WSJ, 17 June 2022 Roadkill that can be claimed include antelope, deer, elk, moose, wild bison and wild turkey. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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19 Sep 2022

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“Antelope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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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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