prong·​horn | \ ˈprȯŋ-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce pronghorn (audio) , ˈpräŋ- \
plural pronghorn or pronghorns

Definition of pronghorn

: a swift horned ruminant mammal (Antilocapra americana) chiefly of grasslands and deserts of western North America that resembles an antelope

called also pronghorn antelope

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Examples of pronghorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wyoming is a great state for pronghorn, and has a number of outfitters to choose from. Jordan Budd, Outdoor Life, "7 Myths About Hunting Western Big Game That Easterners Need to Know," 9 Dec. 2020 This is the first day of Wolfe’s fifth year trying to run down a pronghorn. Christine Peterson, Outdoor Life, "This Ultra-Runner Is on a Quest to Persistence-Hunt a Pronghorn," 23 Nov. 2020 This is the first day of Wolfe’s fifth year trying to run down a pronghorn. Popular Science, "Can a hunter outrun an antelope? This ultra-marathoner is finding out.," 23 Nov. 2020 Draper and Cowart also surrendered the trophy heads of the deer and pronghorn. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Florida men banned from hunting in Colorado after poaching mule deer and pronghorn," 18 Feb. 2020 Oregon State Police who responded to the scene found five females and one male pronghorn. oregonlive, "Oregon man arrested for intentionally running down six pronghorn antelope with pickup truck," 7 Aug. 2020 Sales of hunting and fishing licenses last year generated $104 million, about 61% from hunters of elk, pronghorn and deer, state records show, with the agency’s overall budget around $231 million. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Colorado wildlife agency’s past research raises questions about mountain lion hunting levels," 24 May 2020 Antlerless mule deer and pronghorn permits were also added to the Land Management Assistance website, which is used to administer the state’s Managed Lands Deer Program. Matt Wyatt,, "Texas flounder regulations approved; season closure delayed a year," 23 May 2020 Two of the Chisum Ranch’s many pronghorn dangled under the chopper like wind chimes. Matt Wyatt,, "Airlifts have Texas pronghorn on the rise," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of pronghorn

1823, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2021

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“Pronghorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pronghorn

: a large animal of western North America that looks like an antelope


prong·​horn | \ ˈprȯŋ-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce pronghorn (audio) \

Kids Definition of pronghorn

: an animal that resembles an antelope and lives mostly in the grasslands and deserts of western North America

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