elk

noun \ ˈelk \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of elk

plural elks
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 with the male having large antlers and many tines and that often form large herds
Note: The North American elk is sometimes considered to constitute a separate species (C. canadensis).
called also red deer, wapiti
c :any of various large Asian deer
2 :soft tanned rugged leather
3 capitalized
[Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks]
:a member of a major benevolent and fraternal order

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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

noun

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

noun \ ˈelk \

Definition of elk for Students

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


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