pl. e′land or e′lands
either of two large, oxlike African antelopes (genus Taurotragus) with spirally twisted horns
Origin of elandAfrikaans ; from Du, elk ; from obsolete German elen(d) ; from Lithuanian élnis: see elk
nounpl. eland eland also e·lands
Either of two large African antelopes (Taurotragus oryx or T. derbianus) having a light brown or grayish coat, spirally twisted horns, and in the male a large dewlap.
Origin of elandAfrikaans, from Dutch, elk, from obsolete German Elend, of Baltic origin; akin to Lithuanian élnias, deer.
- A genus of large South African antelope (Taurotragus), valued both for its hide and flesh.
From Dutch eland (“elk”).