noun \ˈelk\

: a large kind of North American deer with big antlers

: a European or Asian moose

plural elks

Full Definition of ELK

plural usually elk
a :  moose 1 —used for one of the Old World
b :  a large gregarious deer (Cervus elaphus) of North America, Europe, Asia, and northwestern Africa —called also red deer, wapiti
c :  any of various large Asian deer
:  soft tanned rugged leather
capitalized [Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks] :  a member of a major benevolent and fraternal order

Origin of ELK

Middle English, probably from Old English eolh; akin to Old High German elaho elk, Greek elaphos deer
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with ELK


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