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

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Juliussen uses elements such as reindeer antlers, bones and domestic textiles in this show at the Anchorage Museum. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s a look at the big shows coming to Anchorage this fall and winter," 5 Sep. 2019 On the way back from his dawn hunt, my father had sliced the tip off a reindeer antler and placed it somewhere in the array of space and field behind our cabin. Arna Bontemps Hemenway, The Atlantic, "Wolves of Karelia," 19 July 2019 Hibernian Testosterone is a full-scale replica of the skull and twelve-foot wide antlers of the extinct great Irish elk. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The American Pavilion in the Venice Biennale: Safe and Sorry," 10 Aug. 2019 Bernstein’s crew then stole the antlers and mayor’s horse before Bernstein turned himself in to the police, according to the Louisville Magazine. Sarah Horne,, "After 13 years, the riverboat race returns to the Ohio River," 10 July 2019 Among the changes are a proposal to allow hunters in Western Oregon to take any buck with a visible antler instead of the current forked-horn rule, and a new general season cow elk damage tag., "Monroe: Ocean fishing has vastly improved this summer," 6 July 2019 After some reading, my husband came up with deer antlers as a possible solution. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Will duck that built her nest close to a busy road need help?," 17 June 2019 Matt and Robin didn't like the intensely rustic elements of the inspiration house, like live edge wood slabs or antlers. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Meet Dan Vickery, The Winner of Bravo's Best Room Wins Episode Seven," 13 June 2019 My husband nailed a full rack of antlers to the fence about 5 years ago. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Livermore homeowners are using antlers to control squirrels’ chewing," 28 June 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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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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