elk

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noun \ˈelk\

Definition of elk

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elks

  1. 1 plural usually elk a :  moose 1 —used for one of the Old Worldb :  a large gregarious deer (Cervus elaphus) of North America, Europe, Asia, and northwestern Africa with the male having large antlers and many tines and that often form large herds The North American elk is sometimes considered to constitute a separate species (C. canadensis). —called also red deer, wapitic :  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


ELK Defined for English Language Learners

elk

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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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