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 In the valley bottoms, cottonwoods descended from the trees that fueled the settlers’ paddle steamers provide cover for elk, deer, and pronghorn antelope. Christopher Preston, The Atlantic, "Conservationists No Longer Agree on What ‘Wild’ Means," 9 Apr. 2020 This was the case in 2015 when unseasonably warm and humid weather allowed a normally benign bacteria to wipe out 200,000 saiga antelope in Kazakhstan in just a few weeks. Abby Jones, The Conversation, "Rotting feral pig carcasses teach scientists what happens when tons of animals die all at once, as in Australia’s bushfires," 10 Jan. 2020 Horns on sheep and antelope are more porous than antlers. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Stuffed animals, fish need care to preserve condition," 25 Apr. 2020 Federal officials said inspectors identified the skins were from bushbucks, a species of antelope in sub-Saharan Africa, and from genets and civets, small catlike mammals. Washington Post, "No, you can’t bring African animal skins, heads, or giant African land snail shells to the U.S. and call them ‘drums and clothes’," 11 Oct. 2019 South Dakota — Blue Bell Campground, Custer State Park Spot pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, elk, burros and bison inside this scenic state park, where the herd numbers about 1,300 and the annual roundup draws crowds. Sarah Feldberg, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Place to Camp in Each of the 50 States," 24 Feb. 2017 Fortunately no one resembles a tasty gazelle antelope, which cheetahs — who rule as Earth’s fastest mammals — race down, viciously bite in the neck to suffocate and bloodily disembowel to devour. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Have a wild time on a Serengeti safari," 13 Apr. 2020 With natural wonders and a diverse range of roaming wildlife, including bears, moose, wolves, bison, elk, otters, and antelope, there’s always something fascinating to see at the park. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, "These Yellowstone National Park Webcams Will Cure Your Cabin Fever," 8 Apr. 2020 My antelope was feeding with another buck along the edge of a big water hole in a sage flat. John B. Snow, Field & Stream, "How the Brand-New 27 Nosler Revives the .277," 21 Feb. 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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17 May 2020

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“Antelope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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