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prong·horn

 (prông′hôrn′, prŏng′-)
n. pl. pronghorn or prong·horns
A ruminant mammal (Antilocapra americana) of western North American plains that resembles an antelope, has forked horns that are shed and regrown annually, and is noted for its speed. Also called pronghorn antelope.

pronghorn

(ˈprɒŋˌhɔːn)
n
(Animals) a ruminant mammal, Antilocapra americana, inhabiting rocky deserts of North America and having small branched horns: family Antilocapridae. Also called: American antelope

prong•horn

(ˈprɔŋˌhɔrn, ˈprɒŋ-)

n., pl. -horns, (esp. collectively) -horn.
a fleet, antelopelike ruminant, Antilocapra americana, of the plains of W North America. Also called prong′horn an′telope.
[1805]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pronghorn - fleet antelope-like ruminant of western North American plains with small branched hornspronghorn - fleet antelope-like ruminant of western North American plains with small branched horns
ruminant - any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments
Antilocapra, genus Antilocapra - type and sole genus of the Antilocapridae comprising one species
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Nutritional quality of summer diets of pronghorn antelopes in Utah.--J.
New Mexico has an exceptionally large population of pronghorn antelopes. And Mangum Guide Service has continued to offer the most successful organized pronghorn antelope hunts in the region for the past 18 years.
Possible functions of predator harassment in pronghorn antelopes. Journal of Mammalogy 61:741-743.
In addition to the remains of extinct creatures, such as dwarf pronghorn antelopes, short-faced bears, ground sloths, and the North American versions of lions and camels, scientists have identified remnants from every mammal species that lives in the Los Angeles Basin today--with the curious exception of opossums, says Harris.