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antelope

[an-tl-ohp] /ˈæn tlˌoʊp/
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.
3.
Origin
1400-1450
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
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  • Like many other herbivores, antelopes rely on keen senses to avoid predators.
British Dictionary definitions for antelopes

antelope

/ˈæntɪˌləʊp/
noun (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
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 antelopes

antelope

n.

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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