noun (1)
sai·​ga | \ ˈsīgə \
plural -s

Definition of saiga

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small silver coin issued under the Merovingians (6th to 8th centuries) and current in France before the introduction of the denier


noun (2)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of saiga (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sheeplike antelope (Saiga tartarica) of Siberia and eastern Russia having the nasal region inflated and the nostrils widely separated and in the male having lyrate annulated horns and tufts of long hair beneath the eyes and ears

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History and Etymology for saiga

Noun (1)

Medieval Latin

Noun (2)

Russian saĭga, from Fagatai saigak

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“Saiga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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