noun, plural im·pal·as, (especially collectively) im·pal·a.
an African antelope, Aepyceros melampus, the male of which has ringed, lyre-shaped horns.
Origin of impala
1870–75; < Zulu, or a cognate word in another Nguni dial.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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Historical Examples of impala
But that which lay in her hand was a flat bag, made of the dressed skin of an impala.
There we had nobler game to follow—wildebeest and hartebeest, impala, and now and then a koodoo.
It was an impala, a species of antelope, and was evidently in the last stage of exhaustion.
Two African hunting dogs were pursuing the impala and were gaining rapidly.
British Dictionary definitions for impala
noun plural -las or -la
an antelope, Aepyceros melampus, of southern and eastern Africa, having lyre-shaped horns and able to move with enormous leaps when disturbed
Word Origin for impala
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Word Origin and History for impala
1875, from Zulu im-pala "gazelle."
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