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

  • n. See wapiti.
  • n. The moose.
  • n. A light, pliant leather of horsehide or calfskin, tanned and finished to resemble elk hide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The largest member of the deer family (Alces alces); a moose.
  • n. The common wapiti (Cervus canadensis); the second largest member of the deer family, smaller only than a moose. Elk never have flat antlers; moose do.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large deer, of several species. The European elk Alces alces (formerly Alces machlis or Cervus alces) is closely allied to the American moose. The American elk, or wapiti (Cervus Canadensis) the largest member of the deer family, has large, spreading antlers and is closely related to the European stag. See moose, and wapiti.
  • n. The European wild or whistling swan (Cygnus ferus).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Properly, the largest existing European and Asiatic species of the deer family, or Cervidæ, Alces malchis (formerly called Cervus alces).
  • n. In America, the wapiti, Cervus canadensis, a very different animal from the elk proper, representing the red deer or stag of Europe, C. elaphus. See wapiti and Alces.
  • n. In Asia, among the Anglo-Indians, some large rusine or rucervine deer or stag, as the sambur, Cervus aristotelis.
  • n. Same as eland, 1.
  • n. The wild swan, or hooper, Cygnus ferus. Montagu.
  • n. A kind of yew of which bows are made. Halliwell.
  • n. [capitalized] A member of a benevolent and fraternal society known as the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, organized in New York in 1868. Its membership is restricted to citizens of tho United States.

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

  • n. large northern deer with enormous flattened antlers in the male; called `elk' in Europe and `moose' in North America
  • n. large North American deer with large much-branched antlers in the male
  • n. common deer of temperate Europe and Asia


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

Middle English, probably alteration of Old English eolh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English *elk, from Old English eolc, eolh ("elk"), from Proto-Germanic *elhaz, *algiz (“elk”) (cf. Low German Elk, German Elch), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁élḱis, *h₁ólḱis (cf. Polish łoś, Russian лось (losʹ), Sanskrit ṛśyas ‘antelope’), variant of *h₁elh₁én (compare German Elen, Tocharian A/B yäl/ylem ‘gazelle’, Lithuanian élnis ‘stag’, Armenian եղնիկ (eɫnik) ‘doe, hind’).



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    March 30, 2009

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    March 30, 2009

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    March 29, 2009

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    March 29, 2009

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    March 29, 2009

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    March 29, 2009

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    March 29, 2009

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    March 28, 2009

  • "Elk calling--a skill that hunters perfected long ago to lure game with the promise of a little romance--is now its own sport. It is judged like figure skating, separated into age- or sex-based groups like tennis, has regional competitions like basketball, commands prizes up to $2,500 and offers a chance at a professional career." -- NYT,, "Competing on Calls That Aren’t Just Elk to Elk," 2/27/08

    March 5, 2008