One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The impala, Aepyceros melampus, a graceful, reddish antelope found chiefly in woodland in southern and eastern Africa, the male of which has lyre-shaped horns.
Early 19th century. From Setswana phala red antelope (plural diphala). Compare Sepedi phala red antelope, Southern Sotho phalè bull, phalla to run.
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