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[an-tl-ohp] /ˈæn tlˌoʊp/
noun, plural antelopes (especially collectively) antelope.
any of several ruminants of the family Bovidae, chiefly of Africa and Asia, having permanent, hollow, unbranched horns.
leather made from the hide of such an animal.
Origin of antelope
1400-50; late Middle English antelop < Middle French < Medieval Latin antalopus < Medieval Greek anthólops a fabulous beast described by Eustathius of Antioch (died 337); orig. of word unknown
Related forms
antelopian, antelopine
[an-tl-oh-pin, -pahyn] /ˌæn tlˈoʊ pɪn, -paɪn/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • Perhaps Anvik will show you how to skin and cut up the antelope.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Alaska Frank Gee Patchin
  • He isn't quite as big as antelope Jack but still he is a big fellow.

  • In the afternoon the soldiers went to hunt and brought in an antelope (barrendo), with which the land seemed to abound.

    The March of Portol Zoeth S. Eldredge and E. J. Molera
  • Now I come to the second special gift of the deer and the antelope.

    The Wonders of the Jungle Prince Sarath Ghosh
  • He quickly recovered, however, and fastened on an antelope which seemed lagging behind.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
  • The drama opens with a hunting scene, where the king is in pursuit of an antelope.

    Creative Unity Rabindranath Tagore
  • The bill was a la carte and contained such items as grizzly steak, antelope, elk, and wild duck and goose.

    Gold Stewart White
  • He resolved, therefore, to try this expedient, and secure an antelope if possible.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for antelope


noun (pl) -lopes, -lope
any bovid mammal of the subfamily Antilopinae, of Africa and Asia. They are typically graceful, having long legs and horns, and include the gazelles, springbok, impala, gerenuk, blackbuck, and dik-diks
any of various similar bovids of Africa and Asia
American antelope, another name for pronghorn
Word Origin
C15: from Old French antelop, from Medieval Latin antalopus, from Late Greek antholops a legendary beast
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Word Origin and History for antelope

early 15c., from Old French antelop, from Medieval Latin ant(h)alopus (11c.), from Greek antholops (attested in Eusebius of Antioch, c.336 C.E.), a fabulous animal haunting the banks of the Euphrates, very savage, hard to catch and having long saw-like horns capable of cutting down trees. Original sense and language unknown (it looks like Greek "flower-eye," as if from anthos + ops, but that may be a result of Greek folk etymology). A heraldic animal, also known in Medieval Latin as talopus and calopus, the name was applied c.1600 to a living type of deer-like mammal. In the western U.S., it is used in reference to the pronghorn.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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