Antelope

Antelope

Antelope is a term referring to many even-toed ungulate species indigenous to various regions in Africa and Eurasia. Antelopes comprise a miscellaneous group within the family Bovidae, encompassing those old-world species that are neither cattle, sheep, buffalo, bison, nor goats.

About Antelope

Antelope is a term referring to many even-toed ungulate species indigenous to various regions in Africa and Eurasia. Antelopes comprise a miscellaneous group within the family Bovidae, encompassing those old-world species that are neither cattle, sheep, buffalo, bison, nor goats. A group of antelope is called a herd. The English word 'antelope' first appears in 1417 and is derived from the Old French antelop, itself derived from Medieval Latin ant(h)alopus, which in turn comes from the Byzantine Greek word anthlops, first attested in Eustathius of Antioch (circa 336), according to whom it was a fabulous animal 'haunting the banks of the Euphrates, very savage, hard to catch and having long, saw-like horns capable of cutting down trees'. It perhaps derives from Greek anthos (flower) and ops (eye), perhaps meaning 'beautiful eye' or alluding to the animals' long eyelashes; however, this may be a later folk etymology.