WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
American elk, 
  • Zoology, Mammalselk (def. 2).
    • 1765–75, American.

    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
    elk /ɛlk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable] , pl.  elks, (esp. when thought of as a group) elk .
    1. MammalsAlso called wapiti. a large North American deer.
    2. Mammalsa moose.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    elk  (elk),USA pronunciation n., pl.  elks,  (esp. collectively) elk  for 1, 2.
    1. MammalsAlso called  European elk. the moose, Alces alces.
    2. MammalsAlso called  American elk, wapiti. a large North American deer, Cervus canadensis, the male of which has large, spreading antlers.
    3. Clothinga pliable leather used for sport shoes, made originally of elk hide but now of calfskin or cowhide tanned and smoked to resemble elk hide.
    4. (cap.) a member of a fraternal organization (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) that supports or contributes to various charitable causes.
    • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English eolc, eolh; cognate with German Elch (Old High German el(a)ho), Latin alcēs, Greek álkē

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    elk /ɛlk/ n ( pl elks, elk)
    1. a large deer, Alces alces, of N Europe and Asia, having large flattened palmate antlers: also occurs in North America, where it is called a moose
    2. American elk
      another name for wapiti
    Etymology: Old English eolh; related to Old Norse elgr, Old High German elaho, Latin alcēs, Greek alkē, elaphos deer
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