Definition of antelope in English:


Line breaks: ante|lope
Pronunciation: /ˈantɪləʊp

noun (plural same or antelopes)

  • 1A swift-running deer-like ruminant with smooth hair and upward-pointing horns, of a group native to Africa and Asia that includes the gazelles, impala, gnus, and elands.
    • 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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