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antler

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noun
  1. one of the solid deciduous horns, usually branched, of an animal of the deer family.

Origin of antler

1350–1400; Middle English aunteler < Middle French antoillier < Vulgar Latin *anteoculārem (rāmum), accusative singular of *anteoculāris (rāmus) anteocular (branch of a stag's horn). See ante-, ocular
Related formsant·ler·less, adjective
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  • In spite of the stories Antler told, the day was long and dreary.

    The Later Cave-Men

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  • Antler saw the coming storm and at once she thought of the fire.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • As Antler lay in the deep drifts, she seemed powerless to move.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • Antler said she had often heard the Big Bear above the voice of the storm.

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  • Most of the women slept that night, but there was no sleep for Antler.

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British Dictionary definitions for antler

antler

noun
  1. one of a pair of bony outgrowths on the heads of male deer and some related species of either sex. The antlers are shed each year and those of some species grow more branches as the animal ages

Word Origin

C14: from Old French antoillier, from Vulgar Latin anteoculare (unattested) (something) in front of the eye
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Word Origin and History for antler

n.

late 14c., from Anglo-French auntiler, Old French antoillier (14c., Modern French andouiller) "antler," perhaps from Gallo-Romance cornu *antoculare "horn in front of the eyes," from Latin ante "before" (see ante) + ocularis "of the eyes" (see ocular). This etymology is doubted by some because no similar word exists in any other Romance language, but cf. German Augensprossen "antlers," literally "eye-sprouts," for a similar formation.

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