Antelope

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Any small deer-like ruminant, from the family Bovidae (order Artiodactyla), native to Africa and Asia. Antelopes produce a fine, soft leather with a velvety nap. Imitation antelope leather, call antelope-finish suede, was often made from lamb, goat, or calfskin that was sueded on the flesh side (Roberts and Etherington 1982). The Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii) has been hunted extensively for the soft wool from its underbelly, called shahtoosh.

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Synonyms and Related Terms

Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii); antholops (Gr.); Antilope (Deut.); antílope (Esp., Port., Fr., It.); antiloop (Ned); Antylopy (Pol.); Antiloper (Sven.);

Similar species: shahtoosh; addax; bluebuck; bongo; bontebok; eland; dik-dik; duiker; gazelle; gemsbok; hartebeest; impala; klipspringer; kudu; nyala; oribi; oryx; rhebok; springbok; topi; waterbuck; wildebeest;

Other search terms: antelope leather; antelope hair; cuir d'antilope (Fr.)

Additional Information

M.Roberts, D.Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1982.

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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