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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]
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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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However it soon became clear that the main contributor is pasture decline due to grazing pressure--the same factor which imperils the future of the wild horse as well as the herds of ibex, argali, Mongolian gazelle, black-tailed gazelle and the critically endangered saiga antelope.
Extracts prepared from the horn of the antelope Saiga tatarica Linnaeus (Cornu Saigae tataricae; Lingyangjiao; TCM 4 in Table 1), the red Peony root (Radix Paeoniae rubrae; Chishao; Paeonia lactiflora Pallas (Paeoniaceae); TCM 5 in Table 1), and the scorpion Buthus martensi Karsch (Scorpio; Quanxie; TCM 18 in Table 1) showed less potent inhibitory activity with an I[C.