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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large light brown or grayish-brown North American deer (Cervus canadensis) having long, branching antlers. Also called American elk, elk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The American elk (Cervus elaphus canadensis or Cervus canadensis). It was formerly considered to be in the same species as the European red deer, which it somewhat exceeds in size.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The American elk (Cervus Canadensis). It is closely related to the European red deer, which it somewhat exceeds in size.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The North American stag or elk, Cervus canadensis, which is the North American representative of the stag or red deer of Europe, and resembles the latter, though it is much larger and of a stronger make, being one of the largest living representatives of the family Cervidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. common deer of temperate Europe and Asia
  • n. large North American deer with large much-branched antlers in the male

Etymologies

Shawnee waapiti.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Cree or Shawnee waapiti ("elk; white rump"). (Wiktionary)

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