Definition of elk in US English:

elk

noun

  • 1North American A red deer of a large race native to North America.

    Cervus canadensis, family Cervidae

    Also called wapiti
    1. 1.1British
      another term for moose
      • ‘Deer, elk, and sometimes bobcat and coyote may be seen or heard from the cabin boundary.’
      • ‘Much more demanding is big game hunting for brown bear, elk and deer.’
      • ‘The wildflowers will be out and so will the elk, deer, sea lions, seals, and sea birds.’
      • ‘Since the area was once home to buffalo, elk, deer, and antelope herds, grazing is another management tool.’
      • ‘In some parts of America, people like to hunt deer, elk and bears, while in other areas they hunt wild boars.’
      • ‘After I swapped for it, I took six mule deer and an elk before moving up to more ‘modern’ guns.’
      • ‘Prion diseases occur in sheep, goats, mink, mule deer, elk, cats and cows.’
      • ‘Coyotes, white-tailed deer, elk, and even alligators can cause problems on the ground.’
      • ‘It had yielded both mule deer and elk for us in the past.’
      • ‘Not long ago my friend Steve Johns was talking with a Colorado hunting guide who had led Koenig on elk and mule deer hunts.’
      • ‘Soon after the studies began, however, Foothills deer and elk began dying from a mysterious disease.’
      • ‘Deer, elk, bear and mountain lions can all be found at this attitude.’
      • ‘Bears in Glacier National Park follow wolf packs and mountain lions to remote regions using them as providers of meals of deer and elk.’
      • ‘They resemble in these respects similar grooves on the antlers of moose and elk and the frill and horns of Triceratops.’
      • ‘Traditionally, the Blackfoot made their clothing from the hides of buffalo, deer, elk, and antelope.’
      • ‘The land around the ranch is a protected wintering area for elk, deer and bighorn sheep.’
      • ‘Researchers are not even sure yet how the disease spreads from deer to deer or elk to elk.’
      • ‘All of the evidence suggests, therefore, that the drawing was probably intended to represent a deer or perhaps an elk.’
      • ‘Although they scavenge less often than Bald Eagles, they will eat carrion of deer and elk, especially in winter.’
      • ‘As these species became extinct, the giant birds switched to bison, elk, and deer.’
  • 2ElkA member of a charitable fraternal organization, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

    • ‘Someone booked them for a party held annually at a local Elks club, most of whose members are retirees and older yuppies with children.’
    • ‘We want to be just like the Elks Club, only no funny hats, and we don't want to be 60.’
    • ‘After hours of drinking at the Elks Club in Larimer, they were hungry.’
    • ‘Those few women who do like ice fishing, golf, bowling, or poker are the reason God invented the Elks club.’
    • ‘In Emerson the Elks, Legion, 4 - H club and recreation director are combining forces to plan a fun-filled day for families, says Al Wilson.’
    • ‘Police arrested Elks, now of no fixed address, who admitted the offences.’
    • ‘But how many Elks club presidents are inviting you to speak?’
    • ‘The original Elks lodge burned in the 1901 fire.’
    • ‘In the meantime, the Twenty-second Annual Reunion of the Micromounters of New England was held on 15 May at the Elks Lodge in Hudson, Massachusetts.’
    • ‘Before that, he had landed his first gig at St. Paul's Elks Club in the mid '70s, when he was still too young to drink, and went on to spin regularly at P.J. Clarke's.’
    • ‘She collected exactly $999.99 through a rapid succession of phone calls to fellow Elks members.’
    • ‘At 16, he gave a speech in a local contest, condemning the Elks for barring blacks.’

Origin

Late 15th century: probably from Old English elh, eolh, with substitution of k for h.

Pronunciation

elk

/ɛlk//elk/