ant·​ler | \ ˈant-lər How to pronounce antler (audio) \

Definition of antler

: 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

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Other Words from antler

antlered \ ˈant-​lərd How to pronounce antlered (audio) \ adjective
antlerless \ ˈant-​lər-​ləs How to pronounce antlerless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of antler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The elk's antler punctured Bornhoft in the back side of his right hip, going in deep enough to slice his left kidney into two pieces. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "An angry elk gored a Colorado man finishing a round of golf over the weekend," 6 Oct. 2020 The elk's antler traveled all the way through Bornhoft's body, puncturing his kidney. Fox News, "Elk gores man at Colorado golf course, punctures kidney," 6 Oct. 2020 The season is long and the new bag limit of a visible antler rather than forked-horn should allow for more harvest. oregonlive, "Oregon hunting preview 2020: What to know about wildfire damage, plus outlooks for big game, upland birds, waterfowl," 25 Sep. 2020 The lightning strike apparently hit one giraffe on the top of its head, judging by a fracture in the skull near the base of its antler-like ossicone, George Dvorsky reports for Gizmodo. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Are Giraffes Doomed to be Struck by Lightning Because of Their Height?," 24 Sep. 2020 Officials say the wet spring means an abundance of quality forbs and shrubs— both critical for deer nutrition— have been created and will be a good start for antler growth and fawn recruitment numbers, the department said in a news release. Taylor Pettaway,, "Texas officials expect an outstanding fall 2020 white-tailed deer hunting season," 31 Aug. 2020 However, dry conditions during spring and early summer will likely hamper antler growth. Brian Lovett, Outdoor Life, "The 2020 Deer Hunting Season Forecast," 12 Aug. 2020 New Zealand, a major exporter of velvet antlers from red deer and elk, requires antler cutting to be done by a certified veterinary worker who must apply a local anesthetic, use disinfected instruments, and prevent blood loss with a tourniquet. Alec Luhn, National Geographic, "World’s largest reindeer herd targeted by poachers for antler velvet," 12 Aug. 2020 Feeders are also an excellent way to provide mineral supplements to aid antler growth, hold deer on your property during hunting season or to provide a supplementary food source during harsh winters when browse gets scarce. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Know Before Choosing A Deer Feeder," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of antler

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antler

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

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

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11 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Antler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of antler

: the horn of a deer or similar animal


ant·​ler | \ ˈant-lər How to pronounce antler (audio) \

Kids Definition of antler

: a bony branching structure that grows from the head of a deer or related animal (as a moose) and that is cast off and grown anew each year

Other Words from antler

antlered \ -​lərd \ adjective

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