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antler (ˈæntlə Pronunciation for antler



  1. one of a pair of bony outgrowths on the heads of male deer and some related species of either sex. The antlers are shed each year and those of some species grow more branches as the animal ages

Word Origin

C14: from Old French antoillier, from Vulgar Latin anteoculare (unattested) (something) in front of the eye

Example Sentences Including 'antler'

He works in clay, sandstone, basswood, and even does antler carvings.
Globe and Mail (2003)
It consisted of a small point of red deer antler fitted into a lime wood handle.
New Scientist (1998)
Looking up, I saw a herd of ten hinds -- not an antler among them -- watching me from a slope about thirty yards away.
Somerville, Christopher The Other British Isles
One described the difficulty he had in obtaining good antler horns to work with nowadays, because the Japanese buy them as an aphrodisiac.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
`Imagine digging out all this with a pick made from an antler and a spade from an ox's shoulderblade," she said.
Harris, Elizabeth Time of the Wolf


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