ANTELOPE. A mammiferous ruminant quadruped intermediate to the deer and goat. The antelope
rnent. What appears singular, they will stop in the middle of their course for a moment, gaze at their pursuers, and then resume their flight. The chase of these animals is a favourite diversion in the East. The greyhound is unequal in the course; and the sportsman is obliged to call in the aid of the falcon, trained to the work, to seize on the animal, and so to impede his motions as to give the dog lime to overtake it. It is a usual compliment in the East, to say," Aine el czazel," i. e. you have the eyes of a gazelle, a species of the antelope. Some species form herds of two or three thousand, while others keep in small troops of five or six. They generally reside in hilly countries, and browse like the goat. To the distinctive marks of the antelope we may add the following characteristics : viz. that most of them have distinct lachrymal pits under the eyes; that all have a plait of the skin subdivided into several cells in the groins; brushes of hair on the knees, and beautiful black eyes: in general also their flesh is excellent.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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