from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to the elk; noting the group of Cervidæ to which the elk of Europe and the moose of America belong.
  • Of or pertaining to the auk, Alca, or family Alcidæ.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to elk.


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  • The sources are the OED (O), its supplements (Os) and the second edition of Webster's New International Dictionary (W). columbine dove c1386 - alcine auk W 1835 OW alcidine auk, puffin, corvine crow 1656 - etc.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 1

  • 1895 OW 1886 OW Fully fifty-four of my discoveries have to do with land animals: alcine elk, moose W dasyurine dasyure antelopine antelope W (1839-47) OW aspine asp 1644 O didelphine opossum bisontine bison 1885 - 1847 OW

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 1


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