Definition of antelope in English:

antelope

noun

  • 1A swift-running deerlike ruminant with smooth hair and upward-pointing horns, native to Africa and Asia.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our fathers used to hunt giraffes, water-bucks and antelopes and eat their meet.’
    1. 1.1North American
      another term for pronghorn
      • ‘Ranchers and farmers also killed pronghorn, erroneously believing the antelope would take away forage from sheep or cattle.’
      • ‘The American antelope can run at speeds up to 60mph.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

antelope

/ˈæn(t)əˌloʊp//ˈan(t)əˌlōp/