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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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 But Weyand studied pronghorn antelopes in the lab, specially formatting treadmills that could go fast enough. Teal Burrell, Discover Magazine, "Human Speed," 15 June 2018 Big Sky Country averages seven people, one pronghorn antelope, one elk, and three deer per square mile. Porter Fox, Outside Online, "Exploring America's Forgotten Border," 1 June 2018 Removing the juniper not only benefits sage grouse, but also mule deer, elk, pronghorn and golden eagles. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Farewell, western juniper. Idaho, feds partner to yank the plant & let sagebrush return," 31 May 2018

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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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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