Elk definition

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(chiefly british) The moose.
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The definition of an elk is a moose, or a flexible leather from a calfskin or horsehide.

An example of an elk is the Kansu Red Deer.

An example of elk is a material used to make sporting foot gear.

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A large reddish-brown or grayish deer (Cervus canadensis) of western North America, having long, branching antlers in the male. The elk is sometimes considered a subspecies of the closely related red deer.
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A light, pliant leather of horsehide or calfskin, tanned and finished to resemble elk hide.
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A light, flexible leather of cowhide or calfskin.
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(UK) The largest member of the deer family (Alces alces); a moose.
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(North America) 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.
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(informal) An Acorn Electron computer.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
elk
Plural:
elks

Origin of elk

  • Middle English the European elk or moose (Alces alces) probably alteration of Old English eolh

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary