impala

noun
im·​pa·​la | \ im-ˈpa-lə How to pronounce impala (audio) , -ˈpä- How to pronounce impala (audio) \
plural impalas or impala

Definition of impala

: a large brownish antelope (Aepyceros melampus) of southeastern Africa that in the male has slender curved horns with ridges

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A swift-running, graceful antelope, the impala is found in large herds, usually near water, on the savannas and open woodlands of central and southern Africa. Impalas are noted for their jumping ability: when alarmed, they bound off in leaps up to 30 ft (9m) long and 10 ft (3m) high. Lightly built, the impala stands 30-40 in (75-100 cm) high at the shoulder. It has a golden to reddish brown coat, white underparts, a vertical black stripe on each thigh, and a black tuft behind each hind foot. The male has long, lyre-shaped horns.

Examples of impala in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the feline predators still have to account for the speed of their prey—in this case an impala, which can zigzag at upwards of 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour. Popular Science, "Twelve powerful images to remind us how weird and wild the world is," 13 May 2020 But the feline predators still have to account for the speed of their prey—in this case an impala (Aepyceros melampus), which can zigzag at upwards of 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of the 2020 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition," 11 May 2020 The mostly treeless terrain of the African savanna gives antelopes, impalas, and other ungulates ample time to spot approaching predators, and even a slight head start can be the difference between life and death. Popular Science, "Twelve powerful images to remind us how weird and wild the world is," 13 May 2020 The mostly treeless terrain of the African savanna gives antelopes, impalas, and other ungulates ample time to spot approaching predators, and even a slight head start can be the difference between life and death. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of the 2020 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition," 11 May 2020 This leopard is about to enjoy a meal of impala while a hyena waits patiently—or not—to claim the leftovers. Ralph P. Stuart, Outdoor Life, "13 Amazing Animal Mounts," 6 Mar. 2020 Today, Cape eland, warthogs, impala, giraffes, and zebras can be seen grazing in nearly every direction. Benedict Moran, National Geographic, "Rwanda's war nearly destroyed this park. Now it's coming back.," 7 May 2019 The leopard and impala were taken by Paul Schexnayder, and the hyena was donated by Jim Shockey. Ralph P. Stuart, Outdoor Life, "13 Amazing Animal Mounts," 6 Mar. 2020 In 2016, the government included 12 antelope species, including wildebeests and impalas. Linda Nordling, Science | AAAS, "South Africa’s move to allow farming of lions and other wildlife is a bad idea, scientists say," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of impala

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for impala

Zulu

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“Impala.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impala. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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impala

noun
How to pronounce impala (audio) How to pronounce impala (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of impala

: a large brownish African animal

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