Definition of impala in English:

impala

noun

  • A graceful antelope often seen in large herds in open woodland in southern and East Africa.

    • ‘Fences are being torn down and on my own ranch squatters have snared 2000 impalas, 365 other antelopes, 20 zebras, two cheetahs, two elephants and one wild dog.’
    • ‘Once in the tree the prey, be it an impala, puku or reedbuck, will nourish the leopard for days on end.’
    • ‘And their purpose was not to breed but to keep the warthogs and impala in check.’
    • ‘A leopard ran down an impala, a kind of African antelope.’
    • ‘However, even this broad pattern is not universal, for giraffe, impala, and kongoni have their peak of births at the driest time of year.’
    • ‘In the last flush of the setting sun, impalas and wildebeest pull tighter together and drift toward deep cover before nightfall.’
    • ‘During three days in the park, we saw everything from lions, rhinos, and giraffes to herds of impalas and flocks of weaver birds, so named because they weave nests that hang pendantlike from trees.’
    • ‘Some of the unique animals found there are gerenuk (a gazelle with a giraffe-like neck), warthog, impala, bush buck (small antelope) and black rhino.’
    • ‘Not far off the trails we saw giraffes and various herds of gazelle, impala, and zebra.’
    • ‘That's why numerous African animals - giraffes, zebras, elands, impalas and gazelles - were brought over from Kenya and plopped on Calauit, an island in the south formerly populated solely by aboriginal tribal people.’
    • ‘It is also a refuge for elephants, buffaloes, zebras, cheetahs, leopards, lions, waterbucks and impalas and it contains the only protected indigenous forest remaining in the area.’
    • ‘The impala and rhebok were also not included in tribe-level analyses because each is the sole extant member of its tribe.’
    • ‘Throughout Zimbabwe, 64 percent of kudu, 63 percent of giraffes, 56 percent of cheetahs, and 53 percent of sable antelope and impalas were on private ranch properties.’
    • ‘The 14 species of the game include giraffes, zebras, sables, kudus, elands, impalas, pukus, waterbucks, reedbucks, siatoongas, bushbucks, common buickers and graycebucks.’
    • ‘We have impalas and springboks here at the zoo.’
    • ‘When left alone, the warthog move about in groups and the impala in herds.’
    • ‘Each impala possesses an antelope ‘toothcomb’, comprising movable canines and incisors, specifically adapted for removing parasites from its coat.’
    • ‘To get to class, students travel a path known as the Warthog Trot, a winding trail through the bush that's also used by giraffes, kudu, wildebeests, and impalas.’
    • ‘A newborn impala gets its bearings as its mother searches for predators.’
    • ‘The winter conditions mean that animals like the flamingos, kangaroos, impalas and giraffes have been pulled from their snow-drenched haunts.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Zulu impala.

Pronunciation

impala

/ɪmˈpalə//ɪmˈpɑːlə/