- one of the solid deciduous horns, usually branched, of an animal of the deer family.
Origin of antler
Examples from the Web for antler
Then he returns to his cabin and (literally) hangs up his hat on the antler of a stuffed buck.‘Granite State,’ the Penultimate Episode of ‘Breaking Bad,’ Is Walter White’s Final Act
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In spite of the stories Antler told, the day was long and dreary.
Antler saw the coming storm and at once she thought of the fire.
As Antler lay in the deep drifts, she seemed powerless to move.
Antler said she had often heard the Big Bear above the voice of the storm.
Most of the women slept that night, but there was no sleep for Antler.
- 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 and History for antler
late 14c., from Anglo-French auntiler, Old French antoillier (14c., Modern French andouiller) "antler," perhaps from Gallo-Romance cornu *antoculare "horn in front of the eyes," from Latin ante "before" (see ante) + ocularis "of the eyes" (see ocular). This etymology is doubted by some because no similar word exists in any other Romance language, but cf. German Augensprossen "antlers," literally "eye-sprouts," for a similar formation.