ante lope

antelope

[an-tl-ohp]
noun, plural antelopes (especially collectively) antelope.
1.
any of several ruminants of the family Bovidae, chiefly of Africa and Asia, having permanent, hollow, unbranched horns.
2.
leather made from the hide of such an animal.

Origin:
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

antelopian, antelopine [an-tl-oh-pin, -pahyn] , adjective
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antelope (ˈæntɪˌləʊp)
 
n , pl -lopes, -lope
1.  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
2.  any of various similar bovids of Africa and Asia
3.  American antelope another name for pronghorn
 
[C15: from Old French antelop, from Medieval Latin antalopus, from Late Greek antholops a legendary beast]

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antelope
lealy 15c., from O.Fr. antelop, from M.L. ant(h)alopus, from Gk. 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 Gk. "flower-eye," as if from anthos + ops, but that may be a result of Gk. folk etymology). A heraldic animal, also known in M.L. as talopus and calopus, the name was applied c.1600 to a living type of deer-like mammal. In the western U.S., used in ref. to the pronghorn.
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