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pronghorn

[prawng-hawrn, prong-] /ˈprɔŋˌhɔrn, ˈprɒŋ-/
noun, plural pronghorns (especially collectively) pronghorn.
1.
a fleet, antelopelike ruminant, Antilocapra americana, of the plains of western North America: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in some areas.
Also called pronghorn antelope.
Origin of pronghorn
1805-1815
1805-15; prong + horn
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  • The pronghorn antelope has a most peculiar signal system of his own.

    The Yellow Horde Hal G. Evarts
  • The pronghorn also would find suitable habitat in this area, but would have to be reintroduced there.

  • No matter how gala some pronghorn of a cowboy may feel, it shore lets the whey out of him.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • For some years after 1880 I think the pronghorn in our neighborhood positively increased in numbers.

  • The pronghorn was also rare in the state and now has been extirpated as it has been in many other parts of Mxico.

  • The pronghorn is a gregarious creature running in bands of six up to hundreds.

  • “Koodoo, pronghorn,” said Mr Rogers, looking at the herd through his glass.

    Off to the Wilds George Manville Fenn
  • The antelope is known as the pronghorn, because of a single small prong on each horn.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • It was a trick he had tried more than once on deer and pronghorn antelope.

    Into the Primitive Robert Ames Bennet
  • Wolves and coyotes pursue the pronghorn in relays or capture it strategically through various kinds of mutual aid.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
British Dictionary definitions for pronghorn

pronghorn

/ˈprɒŋˌhɔːn/
noun
1.
a ruminant mammal, Antilocapra americana, inhabiting rocky deserts of North America and having small branched horns: family Antilocapridae Also called American antelope
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