Definition of antler in English:

antler

Line breaks: ant¦ler
Pronunciation: /ˈantlə
 
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noun

  • 1Each of the branched horns on the head of an adult deer (typically a male one), which are made of bone and are grown and cast annually: a stag’s antlers [mass noun]: combs made of antler
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    • Except for female caribou, only male deer grow antlers, which they shed each year.
    • One possibility is sexual selection: a brightly colored male fish or a male deer sporting large antlers may have a better chance of attracting or fighting for mates than males that lack such traits.
    • Female reindeer rule over males during the short season when males have shed their antlers prior to growing new ones and the females have not yet shed theirs.
  • 1.1Each of the branches on an antler.
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    • If you are lucky enough to live on the outskirts of a forest, there is a great chance that you will spy an antler or two, usually at dusk.
    • They grow from pedicles that form at puberty and which, in time, become permanent protuberances from where antlers bud and are cast seasonally.
    • The branch next to the head is called the brow antler.

Derivatives

antlered

adjective
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  • They had been beaten out of strips and sheets of brass and depicted a number of themes: a hunter with a bow and arrow shooting an antlered deer, people riding an elephant, two snakes, two women holding hands.
  • Look into their big old reindeer eyes and you'll wish you could love those wise-cracking antlered darlings to pieces, but then they lumber into the air and break the spell.
  • And they expect all manner of antlered creatures to bound out into the road, even in the middle of Penicuik.

Origin

late Middle English (originally denoting the lowest (forward-directed) branch of the antler): from Anglo-Norman French, variant of Old French antoillier, of unknown origin.

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