Etymology: Middle English elk < Old English eolc < Old Norse elgr or Middle High German elch, both < Proto-Germanic < Proto-Indo-European ol-/el- (red, brown).
- (US, Canada) The common wapiti (Cervus canadensis); the second largest member of the deer family, smaller only than a moose. Elk never have flat antlers (like moose do.)
- The largest member of the deer family (Alces alces); a moose.
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