- a goatlike antelope, Saiga tatarica, of western Asia and eastern Russia, having a greatly enlarged muzzle.
Origin of saiga
1795–1805; (< New Latin) < Russian saĭgá(k) < Turkic; compare Chagatai sayğak
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Examples from the Web for saiga
This genus differs from Gazella by having only two lower premolars as in Saiga.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
Gesner has mentioned this animal under the name of colus, and Gmelin under that of saiga.
The horns of the antelopes are black and opaque; those of the saiga, on the contrary, are whitish and transparent.
Dr. Murie notices the inflation of the post-maxilla in the saiga, and states that a similar extension is to be found in the chiru.
Hodgson was apparently not well acquainted at the time with saiga, or he would have certainly alluded to the affinity.
- either of two antelopes, Saiga tatarica or S. mongolica, of the plains of central Asia, having an enlarged slightly elongated nose
C19: from Russian
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