elk

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noun \ˈelk\

Definition of elk

plural

elks

  1. 1 plural usually elk a :  moose 1 —used for one of the Old World b :  a large gregarious deer (Cervus elaphus) of North America, Europe, Asia, and northwestern Africa —called also red deer, wapiti c :  any of various large Asian deer

  2. 2 :  soft tanned rugged leather

  3. 3 capitalized [Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks] :  a member of a major benevolent and fraternal order

Origin and Etymology of elk

Middle English, probably from Old English eolh; akin to Old High German elaho elk, Greek elaphos deer


First Known Use: before 12th century


ELK Defined for English Language Learners

elk

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noun \ˈelk\

Definition of elk for English Language Learners

  • : a large kind of North American deer with big antlers

  • : a European or Asian moose


ELK Defined for Kids

elk

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noun \ˈelk\

Definition of elk for Students

  1. 1 :  a large deer of North America, Europe, and Asia with curved antlers having many branches

  2. 2 :  the moose of Europe and Asia


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