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A medium-sized antelope (Saiga tatarica) of the steppes of Eurasia, having a large fleshy snout and, in the male, ridged yellowish horns.

[Russian saĭga, from Chagatai saiğak.]


(Animals) either of two antelopes, Saiga tatarica or S. mongolica, of the plains of central Asia, having an enlarged slightly elongated nose
[C19: from Russian]


(ˈsaɪ gə)

n., pl. -gas.
a goatlike antelope, Saiga tatarica, of W Asia and E Russia, having a greatly enlarged muzzle.
[1795–1805; (< New Latin) < Russian saĭgá(k) < Turkic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.saiga - goat-like antelope of central Eurasia having a stubby nose like a proboscissaiga - goat-like antelope of central Eurasia having a stubby nose like a proboscis
antelope - graceful Old World ruminant with long legs and horns directed upward and backward; includes gazelles; springboks; impalas; addax; gerenuks; blackbucks; dik-diks
genus Saiga - Eurasian antelopes: saigas
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It has also helped scientists to understand the factors affecting the saiga, including the distribution of local livestock, as well as plant cover conditions.
On August 17, a 25-year resident of Karaganda was detained with the corpse of saiga in his motorcycle which had no state numbers on it.
In the field of sporting firearms they manufacture bolt-action and semiautomatic hunting rifles, Baikal double-barrel and slide-action shotguns and the above-mentioned Saiga semiautomatic shotgun.
In 2005, the saiga population in Kazakhstan comprised 30 thousand heads.
It installs onto a Vepr or Saiga 1 2 gauge using the existing factory external threads.
In a press release seen by Sudan Tribune Sunday, Saiga said: "an American wheat shipment of 51,000 metric tonnes for Saiga coming from Houston, Texas will arrive in Port Sudan on Monday".
In real dire straights--at 'critical' status according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)--are those swimming three-toed sloths, the strange-nosed saiga antelope, and the hawksbill sea turtle.
United Nations Development Programme - UNDP: "On World Environment Day, check out our photo blog about saving the Saiga, a rare antelope found only in Russia and Kazakhstan.
and without issuing any signal or warning, fired shots at the Saiga.
As such the Vepr features a reinforced and structurally stronger receiver than Izhmash's competing Saiga sporting rifle.
He was arrested last November after police found weapons including a Heckler and Koch G3A3 rifle, an AK47 assault rifle, a Saiga semi-automatic rifle, two Heckler and Koch MP5 sub-machine guns, 9,231 bullets, 21 empty weapons cartridges and the chemicals sulphur and phosphorus.