one of the solid deciduous horns, usually branched, of an animal of the deer family.
Contemporary Examples

Then he returns to his cabin and (literally) hangs up his hat on the antler of a stuffed buck.
‘Granite State,’ the Penultimate Episode of ‘Breaking Bad,’ Is Walter White’s Final Act Andrew Romano September 22, 2013

Historical Examples

In Scotland one may detect deer, though it be but a tip of an antler, when couched in the tallest heather or fern.
Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman

antler was kind to him, and the children were always ready to play.
The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

Eight larger spines, branched like a deer’s antler, arise from the eight corners of the cube.
Report on the Radiolaria Collected by H.M.S. Challenger During the Years 1873-1876, Second Part: Subclass Osculosa; Index Ernst Haeckel

Fleetfoot watched antler as she cut little slits in the edges.
The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

The Cave-men made pictures of some of these tents upon a piece of antler.
The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

antler smiled as she asked Fleetfoot how his mother softened skins.
The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

But there was no popping of pistols, no flashing of bowie-knives at antler.
Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley

But soon after she started, antler saw the tracks of their bare feet.
The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

The cave was especially rich in objects wrought from bone and antler.
Archeological Investigations Gerard Fowke

one of a pair of bony outgrowths on the heads of male deer and some related species of either sex. The antlers are shed each year and those of some species grow more branches as the animal ages

late 14c., from Anglo-French auntiler, Old French antoillier (14c., Modern French andouiller) “antler,” perhaps from Gallo-Romance cornu *antoculare “horn in front of the eyes,” from Latin ante “before” (see ante) + ocularis “of the eyes” (see ocular). This etymology is doubted by some because no similar word exists in any other Romance language, but cf. German Augensprossen “antlers,” literally “eye-sprouts,” for a similar formation.


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