Definition of antelope in English:

antelope

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our fathers used to hunt giraffes, water-bucks and antelopes and eat their meet.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/ˈan(t)əˌlōp/