- 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
Examples from the Web for antelope
I also write about Germans in Minnesota and have set The Antelope Wife in Minneapolis.National Book Award Winner Louise Erdrich: How I Write
December 12, 2012
In present day New Mexico, nine men run through the plains chasing after an antelope.This Week's Best Journalism
The Daily Beast
April 30, 2011
If I bear marks, y'ought to see the antelope; and the sulky!The Bacillus of Beauty
The Antelope droves are nearly gone; Hound and lead were too much for them.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
I vote we leave the antelope where it is for the present, and shoot a few chicken for dinner.
A dozen of Alf's prairie chicken will not be equal to an antelope—if I get him!
And we are as likely now to uncover a war party as a herd of antelope.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
- 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 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.