elk

noun
\ ˈelk How to pronounce elk (audio) \
plural elks

Definition of elk

1 plural usually elk

a : moose sense 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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Hunters and people who eat deer, elk, and moose meat are theoretically the most at risk. Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Need to Know About So-Called 'Zombie' Deer Disease," 20 Feb. 2019 Now in its 25th year, the center has over 200 acres of habitat for the animals — including moose, wood bison, deer, elk, birds of prey, musk ox, coyotes and reindeer. Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, "A primer on Alaska animals and where to see them (safely)," 2 May 2018 Park officials don’t know whether the same elk and the same calf are involved in both cases. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Your chances of hitting a deer in Georgia are greater than you think," 7 June 2018 The images also allowed wildlife biologists to estimate the cow-to-calf ratio of the elk herd. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Snapshot Wisconsin trail cam project poised to go statewide," 6 July 2018 Wildlife: This year’s elk calves are now being born (late May into early June is the peak time for calving). Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Summer arrives: Light the fuse and stand back," 31 May 2018 Clayvin Herrera, shown at the Supreme Court plaza on Tuesday, is a Crow tribal member asserting his right a 150-year-old treaty with the U.S. government to hunt elk in the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Kavanaugh Delivers First Supreme Court Opinion as Ginsburg Is Absent," 8 Jan. 2019 The facility had 58 whitetails and 13 elk on 15 acres in Kewaskum, according to DATCP. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Transferred Kewaskum deer cause CWD concerns in Bayfield County," 4 Apr. 2018 Hitting a bull elk with his .300 Winchester Magnum from a couple hundred yards is one thing. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "You Could Live Here Alone Forever," 11 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of elk

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for elk

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

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elk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of elk

US : a large kind of North American deer with big antlers
British : a European or Asian moose

elk

noun
\ ˈelk How to pronounce elk (audio) \

Kids Definition of elk

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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