noun, plural im·pal·as, (especially collectively) im·pal·a.

  1. an African antelope, Aepyceros melampus, the male of which has ringed, lyre-shaped horns.

noun plural -las or -la

  1. an antelope, Aepyceros melampus, of southern and eastern Africa, having lyre-shaped horns and able to move with enormous leaps when disturbed

1875, from Zulu im-pala “gazelle.”

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