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.
antler (plural antlers)
- 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.)
- While hiking in the woods, I found an antler from a deer.