impala

[ im-pal-uh, -pah-luh ]
/ ɪmˈpæl ə, -ˈpɑ lə /

noun, plural im·pal·as, (especially collectively) im·pal·a.

an African antelope, Aepyceros melampus, the male of which has ringed, lyre-shaped horns.

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Origin of impala

1870–75; <Zulu, or a cognate word in another Nguni dial.
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Example sentences from the Web for impala

  • But that which lay in her hand was a flat bag, made of the dressed skin of an impala.

    The Induna's Wife|Bertram Mitford
  • It was an impala, a species of antelope, and was evidently in the last stage of exhaustion.

    The Forest of Mystery|James H. Foster
  • Two African hunting dogs were pursuing the impala and were gaining rapidly.

    The Forest of Mystery|James H. Foster
  • There we had nobler game to follow—wildebeest and hartebeest, impala, and now and then a koodoo.

    Prester John|John Buchan

British Dictionary definitions for impala

impala
/ (ɪmˈpɑːlə) /

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

from Zulu
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