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pronghorn

[prawng-hawrn, prong-]
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noun, plural prong·horns, (especially collectively) prong·horn.
  1. a fleet, antelopelike ruminant, Antilocapra americana, of the plains of western North America: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in some areas.
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Origin of pronghorn

First recorded in 1805–15; prong + horn
Also called pronghorn antelope.
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Examples from the Web for pronghorn

Historical Examples

  • The Antelope, or Pronghorn, is one of the most peculiar animals in the world.

    Wild Animals at Home

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • “Koodoo, pronghorn,” said Mr Rogers, looking at the herd through his glass.

    Off to the Wilds

    George Manville Fenn

  • The pronghorn antelope has a most peculiar signal system of his own.

    The Yellow Horde

    Hal G. Evarts

  • It was a trick he had tried more than once on deer and pronghorn antelope.

    Into the Primitive

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • The pronghorn was also rare in the state and now has been extirpated as it has been in many other parts of Mxico.


British Dictionary definitions for pronghorn

pronghorn

noun
  1. a ruminant mammal, Antilocapra americana, inhabiting rocky deserts of North America and having small branched horns: family AntilocapridaeAlso called: American antelope
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