saiga

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n saiga goat-like antelope of central Eurasia having a stubby nose like a proboscis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Saiga (Zoöl) An antelope (Saiga Tartarica) native of the plains of Siberia and Eastern Russia. The male has erect annulated horns, and tufts of long hair beneath the eyes and ears.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n saiga A ruminant of the genus Saiga, remarkable for the singular conformation of the head, which gives it a peculiar physiognomy.
    • n saiga [capitalized] (sā′ i-gä) [NL.] The typical and only genus of Saigidæ. There is only one species, the saiga or saiga-antelope, Antilope saiga, Colus saiga, or Saiga tartarica, inhabiting western Asia and eastern Europe. Also called Colus. See cut in next column.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Saiga sī′gä a west Asian antelope.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Russ. saika,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Russ.

Usage


In news:

In May 2010 at least 12,000 critically endangered saiga antelopes ( Saiga tatarica ) were found dead in Kazakhstan.
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