gante·​lope | \ ˈgant-ˌlōp How to pronounce gantelope (audio) \
variants: or gantlope

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First Known Use of gantelope

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gantelope

altered (with -n- of uncertain origin) from Swedish gatlopp literally, "run down the lane," earlier (14th-century) gatulop, from gata "lane, way" (going back to North Germanic *gatōn-, whence also Old Norse—Icelandic— gata "path, way") + lopp "running, course," borrowed from Middle Low German lop, going back to Germanic *hlaupa-, noun derivative of *hlaupan- "to run, leap entry 1" — more at gate entry 3

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“Gantelope.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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