Definition of impala in US English:



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

    Aepyceros melampus, family Bovidae

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And their purpose was not to breed but to keep the warthogs and impala in check.’
    • ‘The winter conditions mean that animals like the flamingos, kangaroos, impalas and giraffes have been pulled from their snow-drenched haunts.’
    • ‘A newborn impala gets its bearings as its mother searches for predators.’
    • ‘Not far off the trails we saw giraffes and various herds of gazelle, impala, and zebra.’
    • ‘A leopard ran down an impala, a kind of African antelope.’
    • ‘Once in the tree the prey, be it an impala, puku or reedbuck, will nourish the leopard for days on end.’
    • ‘The impala and rhebok were also not included in tribe-level analyses because each is the sole extant member of its tribe.’
    • ‘In the last flush of the setting sun, impalas and wildebeest pull tighter together and drift toward deep cover before nightfall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have impalas and springboks here at the zoo.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When left alone, the warthog move about in groups and the impala in herds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The 14 species of the game include giraffes, zebras, sables, kudus, elands, impalas, pukus, waterbucks, reedbucks, siatoongas, bushbucks, common buickers and graycebucks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each impala possesses an antelope ‘toothcomb’, comprising movable canines and incisors, specifically adapted for removing parasites from its coat.’
    • ‘However, even this broad pattern is not universal, for giraffe, impala, and kongoni have their peak of births at the driest time of year.’


Late 19th century: from Zulu impala.