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 One study seven years ago at Grand Teton National Park found that noise from cars, bikes and pedestrians put elk and pronghorn at greater risk of being eaten by grizzly bears, gray wolves and mountain lions. Kurtis Alexander,, "America’s noisiest and quietest national parks — the human factor," 20 Dec. 2019 Mule deer, bighorn sheep, elk and pronghorn antelope have all been released in the preserve. San Antonio Express-News, "“It’s almost like having a national park all to yourself.”," 18 Oct. 2019 He's used to keeping his distance from the bison, mule deer, pronghorns and bighorn sheep that call the park home. oregonlive, "Utah man took a date to the park where he was gored by a bison, figuring it wouldn’t happen again. He was wrong.," 1 Oct. 2019 Officials say ranchland adds elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn and prairie dogs to the conservation area. USA TODAY, "Space dummy, Bigfoot denial, pumped-up pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2019 Portions of migration corridors and areas used by elk, mule deer and pronghorns in the winter is up for oil and gas leasing. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Critics of federal oil, gas leasing in Colorado focus on fate of fancy-dancing bird and public lands," 1 Sep. 2019 Elk, mule deer and pronghorn can be seen on the property, and a local rancher is allowed to graze his cattle. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Giant Colorado Ranch With Private Saloon Seeks $36 Million," 6 Aug. 2018 The open space surrounding the lake is prime habitat for pronghorn. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Wildlife abounds on the South Fork Trail," 19 June 2018 There were lone coyotes and leaping pronghorn that flew across the land as the plains became sandstone bluffs that dropped into deep gorges of the curvy Missouri River. Andrew Evans,, "Feel the pull of the prairie on a uniquely American safari in Montana," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of pronghorn

1823, in the meaning defined above

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26 Dec 2019

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“Pronghorn.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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