ant·​ler | \ˈant-lər \

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 \-​lərd \ adjective
antlerless \-​ləs \ adjective

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New York designer Thomas Jayne generally prefers to hang portraits in a gallery-wall array alongside, say, prints and antler mounts. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Why Antique Portraits Are the Best Deals in Art," 7 Nov. 2018 The velvet is scraped off by the deer against trees after the antler has reached its full-grown, calcified state. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Tennessee allows first-ever 'velvet buck' hunt," 20 Aug. 2018 Skins, antlers and skulls of animals were on display in several tents, including the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and Wisconsin Trappers Association. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Outdoor education expo offers skills and activities," 19 May 2018 The decor is frontier-chic with rough-hewn woods, an eye-catching chandelier made from antlers and even a trophy buck mounted above the pinball machines (more local breweries need these!). John Verive,, "Why craft beer lovers should be drinking in Covina and Pomona," 4 Apr. 2018 There are light fixtures made from moose antlers, mounted deer heads above booths and life-size taxidermied grizzly bears in the dining room. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "4 things you should know before heading to the new Twin Peaks restaurant in Glendale," 7 June 2018 His head is turned just slightly to the left, and the antlers resting atop his brow are almost unbelievably thick. Blake Bacho, Detroit Free Press, "Deer mount returned to Michigan family after nearly 4 decades," 1 Apr. 2018 Background: 5 things to know about Oskar's, the latest restaurant from Grind Burger Modern metal light fixtures are cut in the shape of reindeer, the light thrown against in the wall taking the shape of antlers. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Oskar's fills a food void in Louisville we didn't know we had | Review," 4 July 2018 The team also analyzed the wooden retoucher, which had a deer’s antler stuck inside it. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "The Final Hours of the Iceman’s Tools," 21 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of antler

: the horn of a deer or similar animal


ant·​ler | \ˈant-lər \

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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