\ 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 And the boom is continuing with another giant eland and a giraffe expected any day. USA TODAY, "Flying goats, chile duel, ’99 Women’s World Cup statue: News from around our 50 states," 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, "Zimbabwe’s severe drought killing elephants, other wildlife," 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, "Tanzania Family Journey: A Serengeti Safari," 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, "Animal friendships change with the weather in African savanna," 6 Aug. 2019 The best time to go may be in April, when large herds of elephants, buffalo, kudu, and the elusive eland return to the four (or mana in the local language) large permanent pools along the south bank of the Zambezi River after the rainy season. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, "17 unforgettable African safaris," 14 June 2019 The next day, another Grevy’s zebra and two giant elands were born. USA TODAY, "Flying goats, chile duel, ’99 Women’s World Cup statue: News from around our 50 states," 12 July 2019 In addition to the reintroduction of African wild dogs, populations of zebras, wildebeests, and eland have grown. David Quammen, National Geographic, "How one of Africa’s great parks is rebounding from war," 12 June 2019 Today, Cape eland, warthogs, impala, giraffes, and zebras can be seen grazing in nearly every direction. Benedict Moran, National Geographic, "Rwanda's war nearly destroyed this park. Now it's coming back.," 7 May 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Eland.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eland. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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