Definition of saiga in English:


Syllabification: sai·ga
Pronunciation: /ˈsīgə
(also saiga antelope)


  • An Asian antelope that has a distinctive convex snout with the nostrils opening downward, living in herds on the cold steppes.
    • Saiga tartarica, family Bovidae
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    • Among those added to the list is the saiga, a nomadic antelope inhabiting the steppes and semi-arid deserts of central Asia.
    • Milner-Gulland and colleagues from Russia and Kazakhstan published a report on the reproductive collapse of the saiga antelope in the March 13 issue of the journal Nature.
    • Many birds and some antelopes, notably the dik-dik and the saiga, sport noses that give them an exceptional ability to regulate brain temperature and conserve water.


early 19th century: from Russian.

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