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[im-pal-uh, -pah-luh] /ɪmˈpæl ə, -ˈpɑ lə/
noun, plural impalas (especially collectively) impala.
an African antelope, Aepyceros melampus, the male of which has ringed, lyre-shaped horns.
Origin of impala
1870-75; < Zulu, or a cognate word in another Nguni dial. Unabridged
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  • Typically, a running impala will simply jump over anything in its path.
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noun (pl) -las, -la
an antelope, Aepyceros melampus, of southern and eastern Africa, having lyre-shaped horns and able to move with enormous leaps when disturbed
Word Origin
from Zulu
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Word Origin and History for impala

1875, from Zulu im-pala "gazelle."

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