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[im-pal-uh, -pah-luh] /ɪmˈpæl ə, -ˈpɑ lə/
noun, plural impalas (especially collectively) impala.
an African antelope, Aepyceros melampus, the male of which has ringed, lyre-shaped horns.
Origin of impala
1870-75; < Zulu, or a cognate word in another Nguni dial. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But that which lay in her hand was a flat bag, made of the dressed skin of an impala.

    The Induna's Wife Bertram Mitford
  • There we had nobler game to follow—wildebeest and hartebeest, impala, and now and then a koodoo.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • It was an impala, a species of antelope, and was evidently in the last stage of exhaustion.

    The Forest of Mystery

    James H. Foster
  • Two African hunting dogs were pursuing the impala and were gaining rapidly.

    The Forest of Mystery

    James H. Foster
British Dictionary definitions for impala


noun (pl) -las, -la
an antelope, Aepyceros melampus, of southern and eastern Africa, having lyre-shaped horns and able to move with enormous leaps when disturbed
Word Origin
from Zulu
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Word Origin and History for impala

1875, from Zulu im-pala "gazelle."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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