: the genus of mammals (order Artiodactyla) comprising the moose and the European elk

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, elk, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse elgr elk

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alces was in 1541

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“Alces.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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