antler

noun

ant·​ler ˈant-lər How to pronounce antler (audio)
: one of the paired deciduous solid bony processes that arise from the frontal bone on the head of an animal of the deer family
also : a branch of an antler
antlered adjective
antlerless adjective

Examples of antler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This last one was tricky, as the roe deer, which rut in June and July, were dropping their antlers, so a lack of bone on the head wasn’t sufficient to tell the boys from the girls. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, 6 June 2024 And who can resist naturals—antlers, shells, insect specimen displays, even taxidermy. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 June 2024 Yost's office says the deer stands out as the largest typical whitetail in Ohio, with remarkable antler uniformity. Chad Murphy, The Enquirer, 17 May 2024 Export rules vary by country and generally apply not just to live animals and plants but to their byproducts, such as fur, hide, feathers, scales, antlers and bones. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for antler 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English aunteler, from Anglo-French antiler, from Vulgar Latin *anteoculare, from neuter of *anteocularis located before the eye, from Latin ante- + oculus eye — more at eye

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antler was in the 14th century

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“Antler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antler. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

antler

noun
ant·​ler ˈant-lər How to pronounce antler (audio)
: the solid often branched horn of a deer or one of its close relatives that is cast off and grown anew each year
also : a branch of such horn
antlered adjective
antlerless adjective

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