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[sahy-guh] /ˈsaɪ gə/
a goatlike antelope, Saiga tatarica, of western Asia and eastern Russia, having a greatly enlarged muzzle.
1795-1805; (< New Latin) < Russian saĭgá(k) < Turkic; compare Chagatai sayğak Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for saiga


either of two antelopes, Saiga tatarica or S. mongolica, of the plains of central Asia, having an enlarged slightly elongated nose
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C19: from Russian
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(Saiga tatarica), medium-sized hoofed mammal, family Bovidae (order Artiodactyla), that lives in herds in treeless steppe country. Once common from Poland to western Mongolia, it was greatly reduced by hunting and no longer exists in Eastern Europe. It was given complete protection by the Russian government in 1919 and since then has increased in numbers in Siberia.

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