[ ant-ler ]
/ ˈænt lər /


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 forms

ant·ler·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for antler


/ (ˈæntlə) /


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 for antler

C14: from Old French antoillier, from Vulgar Latin anteoculare (unattested) (something) in front of the eye
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