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
More example sentences
- 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.
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.