eland

noun
\ ˈē-lənd How to pronounce eland (audio) , -ˌland \
plural eland also elands

Definition of eland

: either of two large African antelopes (Taurotragus oryx synonym Tragelaphus oryx and Taurotragus derbianus synonym Tragelaphus derbianus) bovine in form with short spirally twisted horns in both sexes

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Examples of eland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In less than an hour, the rangers find two more homemade snares, the third attached to the leg of an eland, the world's largest antelope. Scott Mclean, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 And a mounted head of a female eland antelope, which Bradshaw purchased from Wishbone Reserve in Hampden, adds a sophisticated ruggedness to the living room. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, 10 Sep. 2020 Most safaris these days include a buffalo or two, sometimes a hippo or elephant, rarely a lion, but commonly a lot of plains game varying in size from 10-pound dik-dik antelope up to 2,000-pound eland. Outdoor Life, 3 Jan. 2020 Guests stay at Campi ya Kanzi, an ecolodge in the heart of the trust’s 300,000 acres of community conservancy land, where lions, eland, and other big game roam between Kenya’s Amboseli and Tsavo national parks. National Geographic, 31 Dec. 2019 And the boom is continuing with another giant eland and a giraffe expected any day. USA TODAY, 12 July 2019 There are more than 12,000 elephants roaming Mana’s flood plains as well as an abundance of lions, buffaloes, zebras, wild dogs, hyenas, zebras and elands. Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2019 Descend into the caldera for an afternoon safari drive, ready to be mesmerized by zebra stripes and the eland’s spiral horns. National Geographic, 17 June 2019 Some animals—like elands and zebras (above)—hang out together through all seasons, and even more in the rainy months. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, 6 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of eland

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eland

Afrikaans, elk, from Dutch, from obsolete German Elend, probably from obsolete Lithuanian ellenis; akin to Old High German elaho elk — more at elk

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“Eland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eland. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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