eland

noun

ˈē-lənd How to pronounce eland (audio)
-ˌland
plural eland also elands
: 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 Mary is an eland, the largest type of antelope, known for their endurance, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. Daniel Kool, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Apr. 2023 Clients come to Warthog to hunt (and photograph) all manner of game, from the giant eland to the tiny duiker. Mark Jenkins, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Jan. 2023 The victim and the park’s owner, Richard Berglund, were taking the animals into stables after the park had closed when an eland, the world’s largest species of antelope, gored the employee, Berglund told reporters. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 30 Aug. 2022 At night, guests sit around the fire with local Masai guides -- and more often than not a giant eland antelope with tusks that could kill will saunter up to Cottar and start drinking red wine from his glass. Melissa Twigg, CNN, 20 May 2022 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

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eland was in 1600

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“Eland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eland. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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eland

noun
ˈē-lənd How to pronounce eland (audio)
-ˌland
: either of two large African antelopes resembling oxen and having short spirally twisted horns in both sexes

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