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[prawng-hawrn, prong-] /ˈprɔŋˌhɔrn, ˈprɒŋ-/
noun, plural pronghorns (especially collectively) pronghorn.
a fleet, antelopelike ruminant, Antilocapra americana, of the plains of western North America: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in some areas.
Also called pronghorn antelope.
Origin of pronghorn
First recorded in 1805-15; prong + horn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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.

  • The pronghorn also would find suitable habitat in this area, but would have to be reintroduced there.

  • For some years after 1880 I think the pronghorn in our neighborhood positively increased in numbers.

  • The pronghorn is a gregarious creature running in bands of six up to hundreds.

  • Davis said Capt. Bush allowed the soldiers with experience to use the Army rifles to hunt deer and pronghorn.

    Trinity [Atomic test] Site White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office
  • The antelope is known as the pronghorn, because of a single small prong on each horn.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
British Dictionary definitions for pronghorn


a ruminant mammal, Antilocapra americana, inhabiting rocky deserts of North America and having small branched horns: family Antilocapridae Also called American antelope
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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