Definition of antelope in English:


Syllabification: an·te·lope
Pronunciation: /ˈan(t)əˌlōp

noun (plural same or antelopes)

1A swift-running deerlike ruminant with smooth hair and upward-pointing horns, native to Africa and Asia.
  • Many genera and species, in the family Bovidae
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  • In South Africa, where an antelope called the bluebuck went extinct 200 years ago, three other big mammals have been brought back from the brink.
  • In eastern Africa, they mostly hunt Thomson's gazelles, but they will also attack calves, warthogs, zebras, impalas, and the young of large antelopes such as the gnu.
  • First described 200 years ago it is also now one Africa's most endangered antelopes despite being one of the most reproductive.
1.1North American another term for pronghorn.
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  • Ranchers and farmers also killed pronghorn, erroneously believing the antelope would take away forage from sheep or cattle.
  • The American antelope can run at speeds up to 60mph.


late Middle English (originally the name of a fierce mythical creature with long serrated horns, said to live on the banks of the Euphrates): via Old French and medieval Latin from late Greek antholops, of unknown origin and meaning.

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