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elk Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun large northern deer with enormous flattened antlers in the male; called `elk' in Europe and `moose' in North America
    European elk; moose; Alces alces.
  2. noun large North American deer with large much-branched antlers in the male
    Cervus elaphus canadensis; American elk; wapiti.
  3. noun common deer of temperate Europe and Asia
    red deer; Cervus elaphus; American elk; wapiti.
WordNet

Elk noun
Etymology
Icel. elgr; akin to Sw. elg, AS. eolh, OHG. elaho, MHG. elch, cf. L. alces; perh. akin to E. eland.
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) A large deer, of several species. The European elk (Alces machlis or Cervus alces) is closely allied to the American moose. The American elk, or wapiti (Cervus Canadensis), is closely related to the European stag. See Moose, and Wapiti.
Elk, Elke noun (Also<
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Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) The European wild or whistling swan (Cygnus ferus).

Webster 1913


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