Share this entry

Share this page

saiga

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

Definition of saiga in English:

noun

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
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

early 19th century: from Russian.

Words that rhyme with saiga

Auriga, Eiger, liger, taiga, tiger

Definition of saiga in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rəˈzilyənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…