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

Examples of antler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Management deer are bucks that are removed from the herd because of one or more undesirable antler traits. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 2 Oct. 2021 One charm is an antler and the other one is a heart with double crosses and arrows going through it. Sara Holzman, Marie Claire, 27 Sep. 2021 In addition to the balls, notes the team on its blog, excavation of the cairn has uncovered fragments of pottery, knives and the antler of a Roe deer. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Sep. 2021 Cain says spring rains are always a huge benefit to deer, mainly because the moisture fuels the growth of lush habitat to support good body conditions and fawn production and spur antler growth. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 19 June 2021 The impact of a big leap may help rattle an antler loose. Jason Tome, Outdoor Life, 17 Feb. 2021 The antler pieces sink into both Kirigan and Alina, seemingly bonding them forever. Olivia Truffaut-wong,, 27 Apr. 2021 More than likely, this deer injured its antler during velvet. Josh Honeycutt, Outdoor Life, 24 Feb. 2021 Now, a variety of steins line the walls, alongside antler chandeliers and artworks depicting Germany or derived from German folklore and iconography. Susan Dunne,, 1 Apr. 2021

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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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12 Oct 2021

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“Antler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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