eland

noun
\ˈē-lənd, -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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There were white elk and eland, impala and Arabian oryx. Manny Fernandez, New York Times, "Blood and Beauty on a Texas Exotic-Game Ranch," 19 Oct. 2017 There are Grevy's zebras, elands, stolid buffaloes in a dry wallow—and always Mount Kenya, piled high with clouds just now, like curls of meringue. Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "An Insanely Glamorous Love Triangle," 2 Sep. 2015 Breathtaking numbers of weary wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, impala, and eland face this watery challenge during the world’s largest animal migration—a life-and-death lottery. Nic Mccormack, Bloomberg.com, "Why the Great Migration Needs to Top Your Bucket List, in 15 Photos," 28 July 2017 Apart from an abundance of dolphins and whales, the reserve is home to more than 260 bird species and land mammals, including elands and Cape mountain zebras. Susan Hack, Town & Country, "Four Of The Best New Travel Destinatons In Africa," 15 Sep. 2014 Our report alludes to rather healthy other populations: 11,000 buffalo, 3,000 sable, eland National Geographic, "Exclusive: This Is Africa's New Elephant Poaching Hot Spot," 5 July 2016 There is also a diorama of a lion and eland, in skeletal form, fighting it out. Jennifer D., WIRED, "No Bones About It, This Museum Is Hip," 13 Sep. 2011

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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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