Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of a pair of hornlike, bony, deciduous growths, usually elongated and branched, on the head of a deer, moose, elk, caribou, or other member of the deer family.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a branching and bony structure on the head of deer, moose and elk, normally in pairs. They are grown and shed each year. (Compare with horn, which is generally not shed.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The entire horn, or any branch of the horn, of a cervine animal, as of a stag.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, the first tine or branch of the horns of a deer.
  • n. Any of the principal tines or branches of a deer's horns: with a descriptive prefix or epithet. (See below.)
  • n. Now, when used absolutely, one of the solid deciduous horns of the Cervidœ, or deer family, which are periodically shed and renewed, as distinguished from the permanent hollow horns of other ruminants.
  • n. Same as antler-moth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. deciduous horn of a member of the deer family

Etymologies

Middle English aunteler, from Old French antoillier, from Vulgar Latin *antoculāre, anteoculāre : Latin ante-, ante- + Latin oculāris, of the eye; see ocular.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English auntelere, hauntelere, from Old French antoillier ("antler, horn"), of unknown origin. The attempted explanation deriving from an unattested Latin *(rarum) ante ocularis ("branch before the eyes"), seems doubtful, as no other Romance language has a similar word of such formation. (Wiktionary)

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