American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Either of two large African antelopes (Taurotragus oryx or T. derbianus) having a light brown or grayish coat and spirally twisted horns.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Cape elk, Oreas canna, a large bubaline antelope of South Africa, standing 5 feet high at the withers, and weighing from 700 to 900 pounds. Its flesh is much prized, especially the hams, which are dried and used like tongue. It has in consequence been almost extirpated in the neighborhood of Cape Colony, where it formerly abounded. Also called
- n. A name sometimes used for the moose.
- n. A genus of large South African antelope (Taurotragus), valued both for its hide and flesh.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A species of large South African antelope (Oreas canna). It is valued both for its hide and flesh, and is rapidly disappearing in the settled districts; -- called also
- n. (Zoöl.) The elk or moose.
- n. either of two large African antelopes of the genus Taurotragus having short spirally twisted horns in both sexes
- From Dutch eland ("elk"). (Wiktionary)
- Afrikaans, from Dutch, elk, from obsolete German Elend, of Baltic origin; akin to Lithuanian élnias, deer. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The eland, which is the most magnificent of all antelopes, would grace the parks of our nobility more than deer.”
“The eland is the largest of all antelopes, and we ran across a few on the Tana River and a few on the Guas Ngishu Plateau.”
“Here again were oxen, mules and asses, or great bucks such as we now know as eland or kudoo, carried in on rough litters of boughs to be disposed of by parties of savage huntsmen who had shot them with arrows or trapped them in pitfalls.”
“The eland, which is closely allied to the American wapiti if not specifically the same animal, is still kept in the royal preserves of Prussia, to the number of four or five hundred individuals.”
“The eland, which is an inhabitant of the open country, is uniformly coloured, being sufficiently recognisable by its large size and distinctive form; but the Derbyan eland is a forest animal, and has a protectively striped coat.”
“The eland is a magnificent animal, by far the largest of all the antelope tribe, exceeding a large ox in size.”
“Hunting the eland is a common pastime; and no craft is required to insure success, since these creatures are almost as tame as domestic cattle; so tame that the horseman usually rides into the middle of the drove, and, singling out the fattest bull, shoots him down without any difficulty.”
“Large game animals such as eland are no longer wild in the Cedarberg, but their presence in rock art suggests they once grazed in the region.”
“The vast herds of large mammals, such as eland (Taurotragus oryx) and sable (Hippotragus niger), that once roamed the foothills of this ecoregion are long gone.”
“Three double-500 Expresses, constructed to stand a charge of six drachms," sweet weapons, and admirable for medium-sized game, such as eland or sable antelope, or for men, especially in an open country and with the semi-hollow bullet.”
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