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[an-tl-ohp] /ˈæn tlˌoʊp/
noun, plural antelopes (especially collectively) antelope.
any of several ruminants of the family Bovidae, chiefly of Africa and Asia, having permanent, hollow, unbranched horns.
leather made from the hide of such an animal.
Origin of antelope
1400-50; late Middle English antelop < Middle French < Medieval Latin antalopus < Medieval Greek anthólops a fabulous beast described by Eustathius of Antioch (died 337); orig. of word unknown
Related forms
antelopian, antelopine
[an-tl-oh-pin, -pahyn] /ˌæn tlˈoʊ pɪn, -paɪn/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • In a curious predator-prey role reversal, the pronghorn antelope pursued a coyote across a knoll.
  • She will be gripping a stone tool and lumbering along with a dead antelope on her back.
  • Wild life abounds, with some of the largest antelope herds in the world.
  • It's the only site in the region decorated with images of sheep, along with antelope and ibex.
  • They were the remains, it seems, of an australopithecine meal of three-toed-horse steak and antelope tongue.
  • Make an antelope put its neck out for high-growing leaves, and its distant descendants will be giraffes.
  • Animals such as deer and antelope also shun tamarisk thickets, which block their access to the river and may conceal predators.
  • Let's not forget that pythons are entirely capable of eating and swallowing antelope and other large, horned animals.
  • For instance, antelope pursued by hungry cheetahs often leap acrobatically straight into the air, a practice called stotting.
  • The environment was patchy, with a watering hole here and an antelope herd there, but no uniformity or predictability.
British Dictionary definitions for antelope


noun (pl) -lopes, -lope
any bovid mammal of the subfamily Antilopinae, of Africa and Asia. They are typically graceful, having long legs and horns, and include the gazelles, springbok, impala, gerenuk, blackbuck, and dik-diks
any of various similar bovids of Africa and Asia
American antelope, another name for pronghorn
Word Origin
C15: from Old French antelop, from Medieval Latin antalopus, from Late Greek antholops a legendary beast
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Word Origin and History for antelope

early 15c., from Old French antelop, from Medieval Latin ant(h)alopus (11c.), from Greek antholops (attested in Eusebius of Antioch, c.336 C.E.), a fabulous animal haunting the banks of the Euphrates, very savage, hard to catch and having long saw-like horns capable of cutting down trees. Original sense and language unknown (it looks like Greek "flower-eye," as if from anthos + ops, but that may be a result of Greek folk etymology). A heraldic animal, also known in Medieval Latin as talopus and calopus, the name was applied c.1600 to a living type of deer-like mammal. In the western U.S., it is used in reference to the pronghorn.

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