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

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Once cooled, use our printable stencils to cut out doors, shutters, trailer fin, wheels, antler mount, and other smaller pieces. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Build the Ultimate Rustic Gingerbread House With These Easy-to-Follow Stencils," 14 Nov. 2018 Use vanilla frosting to add tufts of hair and attach holly sprinkles between the antlers. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Snowy Cookie Truffles," 30 Nov. 2018 The uniquely eclectic housewares and gift shop, Four Emotions, sells antler chandeliers, Alpine-themed tableware, and eccentric fine jewelry. Heidi Mitchell, Town & Country, "Skiing St. Moritz in Style," 1 Nov. 2018 Think spotted cowhide chairs in the lounge, fur throws at the edge of knotty wooden king-sized beds, and yurts decked out with antler chandeliers and leather couches. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Fold the bottom of the antlers back and glue behind the ears. Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Animal Gift Wrap," 8 Oct. 2018 Reindeer are perhaps best recognized by their magnificent antlers, the largest of any deer species in proportion to their bodies. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The Arctic has lost 2.6 million reindeer over the past 20 years," 11 Dec. 2018 Use melted chocolate to glue on an M&M for the nose, then use a wooden pick to make a hole on each side of ball and press in pretzel halves for antlers. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Snowy Cookie Truffles," 30 Nov. 2018 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

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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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