Definition of saiga in English:

saiga

(also saiga antelope)

Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪɡə//ˈseɪɡə/

noun

  • An Asian antelope which has a distinctive convex snout with the nostrils opening downwards, living in herds on the cold steppes.

    • ‘Further paleoecological evidence for a lack of permafrost comes from the existence of some animals with small hooves, such as the saiga antelope.’
    • ‘Many birds and some antelopes, notably the dik-dik and the saiga, sport noses that give them an exceptional ability to regulate brain temperature and conserve water.’
    • ‘Conservationists point out that the rise of the Soviet Union in the early 20th century and a strict ban imposed on hunting allowed the saiga antelope to recover from a similar population crash during the 19th century.’
    • ‘And in just 10 years, hunters in Asia have killed hundreds of thousands of saiga, an Asian antelope, pushing the species to the brink of extinction.’
    • ‘Milner-Gulland and colleagues from Russia and Kazakhstan published a report on the reproductive collapse of the saiga antelope in the March 13 issue of the journal Nature.’
    • ‘Among those added to the list is the saiga, a nomadic antelope inhabiting the steppes and semi-arid deserts of central Asia.’
    • ‘Other creatures, such as the antelope-like saiga of Central Asia and certain kinds of desert hares, have filtering tissues surrounding their respiratory tracts that give them the same adaptive advantage.’
    • ‘Reserves were created to save critical habitat for endangered species such as the Siberian tiger, saiga antelope, Russian desman and black stork.’
    • ‘The saiga is an unusual-looking type of antelope.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Russian.

Pronunciation:

saiga

/ˈsʌɪɡə//ˈseɪɡə/