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[ant-ler] /ˈænt lər/
one of the solid deciduous horns, usually branched, of an animal of the deer family.
1350-1400; Middle English aunteler < Middle French antoillier < Vulgar Latin *anteoculārem (rāmum), accusative singular of *anteoculāris (rāmus) anteocular (branch of a stag's horn). See ante-, ocular
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antlerless, adjective Unabridged
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  • The stag's antlers are there to fight off other stags.
  • Not because it's necessarily needed, but because when economists compete for the opportunity to mate, math supplies the antlers.
  • At the lion poacher's cabin, they discover bear parts, dozens of antlers and loaded guns.
  • Resembling a buck's antlers, the stroma releases spores to be picked up by another wandering ant.
  • Snakes will swallow porcupines with their quills, deer with their antlers, and goats with their horns.
  • They netted diverse fish, captured them in weirs, and caught them on fishhooks carved from deer antlers.
  • The audience is filing out, moose antlers and hockey sweaters and all.
  • antlers, on members of the deer family, are grown as an extension of the animal's skull.
  • The animals will be without antlers until spring, when they'll start to grow a new set.
  • The animals will be without antlers until this spring, when they'll start to grow a new set.
British Dictionary definitions for antlers


one of a pair of bony outgrowths on the heads of male deer and some related species of either sex. The antlers are shed each year and those of some species grow more branches as the animal ages
Word Origin
C14: from Old French antoillier, from Vulgar Latin anteoculare (unattested) (something) in front of the eye
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Word Origin and History for antlers



late 14c., from Anglo-French auntiler, Old French antoillier (14c., Modern French andouiller) "antler," perhaps from Gallo-Romance cornu *antoculare "horn in front of the eyes," from Latin ante "before" (see ante) + ocularis "of the eyes" (see ocular). This etymology is doubted by some because no similar word exists in any other Romance language, but cf. German Augensprossen "antlers," literally "eye-sprouts," for a similar formation.

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