One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A swift-running deer-like ruminant with smooth hair and upward-pointing horns, of a group native to Africa and Asia that includes the gazelles, impala, gnus, and elands.
- ‘In South Africa, where an antelope called the bluebuck went extinct 200 years ago, three other big mammals have been brought back from the brink.’
- ‘First described 200 years ago it is also now one Africa's most endangered antelopes despite being one of the most reproductive.’
- ‘The lion, sometimes called the King of the jungle, prefers killing antelopes while bushbuck are preferred by leopard.’
- ‘In eastern Africa, they mostly hunt Thomson's gazelles, but they will also attack calves, warthogs, zebras, impalas, and the young of large antelopes such as the gnu.’
- ‘Our fathers used to hunt giraffes, water-bucks and antelopes and eat their meet.’
- 1.1North American another term for pronghorn
- ‘The American antelope can run at speeds up to 60mph.’
- ‘Ranchers and farmers also killed pronghorn, erroneously believing the antelope would take away forage from sheep or cattle.’
Late Middle English (originally the name of a fierce mythical creature with long serrated horns, said to live on the banks of the Euphrates): via Old French and medieval Latin from late Greek antholops, of unknown origin and meaning.
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