[prawng-hawrn, prong-]

noun, plural prong·horns, (especially collectively) prong·horn.

a fleet, antelopelike ruminant, Antilocapra americana, of the plains of western North America: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in some areas.

Origin of pronghorn

First recorded in 1805–15; prong + horn
Also called pronghorn antelope. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pronghorn

Historical Examples of pronghorn

  • The Antelope, or Pronghorn, is one of the most peculiar animals in the world.

    Wild Animals at Home

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • “Koodoo, pronghorn,” said Mr Rogers, looking at the herd through his glass.

    Off to the Wilds

    George Manville Fenn

  • The pronghorn antelope has a most peculiar signal system of his own.

    The Yellow Horde

    Hal G. Evarts

  • It was a trick he had tried more than once on deer and pronghorn antelope.

    Into the Primitive

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • The pronghorn was also rare in the state and now has been extirpated as it has been in many other parts of Mxico.

British Dictionary definitions for pronghorn



a ruminant mammal, Antilocapra americana, inhabiting rocky deserts of North America and having small branched horns: family AntilocapridaeAlso called: American antelope
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