- the branched, annually shed, bony growth on the head of any animal of the deer family
- any branch of such a growth
Origin of antlerMiddle English aunteler ; from Old French antoillier ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin of antlerMiddle English aunteler, from Old French antoillier, from Vulgar Latin *antoculare, anteoculare : Latin ante-, ante- + Latin ocularis, of the eye; see ocular.
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.