late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. auntiler
, from O.Fr. antoillier
) "antler," perhaps from Gallo-Romance cornu *antoculare
"horn in front of the eyes," from L. ante
"before" (see ante
) + ocularis
"of the eyes." Doubted by some, because no similar word exists in any other Romance language, but cf. Ger. Augensprossen
"antlers," lit. "eye-sprouts," for a similar formation.